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.
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.”
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.
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.”