On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Walmart dropped a bomb, even though we shouldn’t be surprised…Walmart announced a new ammo policy change, saying the company will no longer sell .223, 5.56 and handgun ammo once current stock is sold out.

Walmart announced a new ammo policy change, saying the company will no longer sell .223, 5.56 and handgun ammo
Walmart announced a new ammo policy change, saying the company will no longer sell .223, 5.56 and handgun ammo

In a statement, Walmart’s President and CEO Doug McMillon wrote:

“Today, we’re sharing the decisions we’ve made that go further:

  • After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons;
  • We will sell through and discontinue handgun ammunition; and
  • We will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking our complete exit from handguns.”
Gun and ammo counter at Walmart. Image by Neil via Flickr and a CC license
Gun and ammo counter at Walmart. Image by Neil via Flickr and a CC license

Walmart is also requesting that no one open carry in any of its stores or Sam’s Clubs. McMillon also expressed his support of Red Flag laws and universal background checks by stating, “Today, I’m sending letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that call for action on these common sense (sic) measures. As we’ve seen before, these horrific events occur and then the spotlight fades. We should not allow that to happen. Congress and the administration should act. Given our decades of experience selling firearms, we are also offering to serve as a resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.”

In 2015, Walmart stopped selling AR-15s and other MSRs and in 2018, it raised the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, even though the legal age to buy a long gun is 18.

McMillon stressed Walmart’s history of providing for hunters, yet McMillon ignores the fact that gun ownership has nothing to do with hunting.

In rural areas where Walmart has pushed out the mom and pop shops, there won’t be any other choice but to drive 30+ miles to pick up ammo.

A few days after 22 people were shot and killed near an El Paso, Texas Walmart, the store had employees take down all “violent” video game signs and displays.

We’re not really sure how Walmart defines “short barreled” but this AR has a 22” barrel.
We’re not really sure how Walmart defines “short barreled” but this AR has a 22” barrel.

Walmart stores claim 2 percent of the country’s gun sales and 20 percent of ammo sales. The company says it will continue to sell “long barrel deer rifles and shotguns.”

Walmart has a 23% market share for retail sales of groceries, which is 2.5 times more than the second-highest grocer. Walmart also spends millions of dollars a year lobbying Congress. In 2018, the corporation spent $6.09 million to be exact. With that type of clout, there’s bound to be plenty of people on The Hill listening and after this last proclamation, gun owners should really fight Walmart for being a “resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.”

What do you think about Walmart halting the sell of common-use ammo and handguns? Where will you shop for ammo? Tell us in the comment section.
  • Tim says:

    Interesting that they are going to sell through their current ammunition inventory because, “Hey! why not continue to make a profit on what we have instead of actually being committed to getting rid of the ammo now because of our stance”. Trying to appease both sides! Personally, I don’t care if they don’t sell ammunition, never bought it there anyway. I’d rather purchase it online or support a good local sporting goods store; one that supports the Second Amendment. And, they only ask that we don’t open carry in their store, so I’ll continue on with concealed carry as normal. However, with this stance that they’re taking I believe their shoppers are more vulnerable to crime, injury, and possibly death.