Walmart Removes Guns From Sales Areas, Fearing Civil Unrest
The retail giant, which sells firearms in half of its 4,700 U.S. stores, said customers can still purchase guns and ammunition on request.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” a Walmart spokesman said.
Walmart asked staff to pull guns from shelves “due to the current unrest in isolated areas of the country and out of an abundance of caution.” The chain also removed firearms and ammunition from stores this summer after George Floyd’s killing when several Walmart stores were damaged.
The country’s largest retailer is still a big seller of guns and ammunition.
Last year, it stopped selling ammunition that can be used in semiautomatic rifles and handguns after a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso left 23 people dead. In 2018, the company raised the minimum age to purchase guns or ammunition to 21 after a the Parkland high school massacre.
Demand for firearms has skyrocketed this year as measured by FBI background checks.