World News – CA – Walmart removes guns, ammunition from U.S. store shelves amid social unrest


LOS ANGELES – Walmart Inc removed all weapons and ammunition from the shelves of its US stores this week as a safety measure in response to recent civil unrest, a company spokesperson confirmed

In a letter to store managers on Tuesday, Walmart asked staff to remove the guns from shelves « because of the ongoing unrest in remote areas of the country and out of caution, » the Wall Street Journal reported

RELATED: Walmart Urges Customers Not to Bring Guns to Stores, Plans to End Handgun Ammo Sales

In June, the company did something similar, moving guns and ammunition from sales floors to some of its US stores amid nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd, a non-black man. gunman died at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May

Retail giant aims to prevent potential gun theft in store break-ins, company statement says

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer has said it will stop selling short-barreled ammunition and handguns after it depletes its current inventory

« It is important to note that we only sell firearms in about half of our stores, mainly where there are large concentrations of hunters, sportsmen and women, » said a carrier. Walmart tells FOX TV stations « We have seen isolated civil unrest and, as we have done on several occasions in recent years, we have removed our guns and ammunition from the sales floor by precautionary measure for the safety of our associates and clients »

The retailer said customers can still purchase guns and ammunition on demand, even if they are no longer on display on the sales floor

In 2019, Walmart said it would stop selling short barrel ammunition and handguns after exhausting its current inventory The company also stopped selling handguns in Alaska, marking its full handgun exit and allowing it to focus only on shotguns and related ammunition.

Walmart further urged customers to refrain from openly carrying firearms in its stores unless they are law enforcement officers In 2019, a gunman walked into a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and killed 22 people using an AK-type firearm that Walmart already bans from selling

Walmart has decided to reduce its ammunition market share from around 20% to a range of around 6% to 9%

Walmart has made its latest move after the recent unrest in Philadelphia, the company told FOX TV Stations

The news comes as violent protests and looting escalate in Philadelphia More than 200 people have been arrested and 57 police have been injured after a fatal shooting involving police sparked unrest in the city, according to FOX 29 Philadelphia

Meanwhile, a new report from researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine said gun sales increased during the coronavirus pandemic, and data shows sales of guns continue to rise ahead of 2020 presidential election

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association for the firearms industry, nearly 5 million Americans purchased a firearm for the very first time in 2020 The NSSF surveyed gun retailers, who reported that 40% of sales were made to buyers who had never owned a gun before

According to the NSSF survey, 58% of gun purchases were made by African American men and women, the biggest increase of any demographic Women accounted for 40% of the first gun buyers

« Retailers noted that they are seeing a 95% increase in sales of firearms and a 139% increase in sales of ammunition compared to the same period in 2019, » NSSF said

In addition, sales of prominent gunsmith Sturm, Ruger & Company increased 53% to $ 145 7 million in the quarter ended September 26 compared to a year ago year

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World news – CA – Walmart removes guns and ammunition from US store shelves amid social unrest



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