While requesting that Walmart remains devoted to its “long heritage” of “serving honest hunters and sportsmen/women,” the retail giant stated several revisions. After a couple of shootings at its stores occurred. Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO said in a memo to workers that the organization was ending the sale of handguns in Alaska and will cease selling ammunition for guns nationwide. Alaska is the only state the retailer sells handguns in, according to the Business Insider. The sale of short-barrel rifle ammo is set to be terminated nationwide.
In the Memo, McMillon said, “After selling all of our current inventory commitments, we will end sales of short-barrel rifle ammo such as the 5.56 and the .223 caliber that, while frequently used in some hunting rifles, also can be used in big capacity clips on military-style weapons.” The CEO stated the company understands “these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand. As a corporation, we experienced two horrific incidents in one week, and we will never be the same,” he said.
A recent shooting at Walmart stores in El Paso, Texas that took 22 lives, and an event in Southaven, Miss., were two store supervisors were killed and two others injured. In addition to the reforms announced above, McMillon mentioned recent incidents were some store branches had been tested to say the firm is “respectfully requesting” customers to no longer open carry in its stores, to include Sam’s Club the change does not apply to permitted carriers of concealed weapons.
The CEO said: “Since El Paso, there have been multiple incidents where individuals trying to make a comment and test our response have entered our stores carrying weapons in a way that frightened or concerned our associates and customers. These events are concerning, and we would like to dodge them, so we are respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry guns into our stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted unless they are authorized law enforcement officers.”
There seems to be some uncertainty over the policy. A Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that moving ahead; store administrators will have the discretion to determine how to handle open carry situations.
The business news site said store supervisors may ask the customer to leave and safely keep their pistol in their vehicle before returning, although the system could vary by location and those which open carry may not always be urged to leave the store. McMillon told workers a letter had been mailed to the White House and Congress in aid of stronger gun-control actions.
He said, “We inspire our nation’s heads to move ahead and strengthen background checks and to eliminate weapons from those that have been prepared to pose an imminent danger, We don’t sell military-style rifles, and we think the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness.”