Walmart has announced to will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition, handgun ammunition, and ban all handgun sales in Alaska – a state where over 60 percent of residents own a firearm.
The CEO is also asking law-abiding customers at Walmart and its sister store Sam’s Club not to open carry firearms in stores unless uniformed police officers are present.
The move, for all intents and purposes, makes the big-box retailer’s 4,700 stores gun-free zones.
Per Yahoo News:
Walmart will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber after clearing current stock. While this type of ammunition is commonly used in some hunting rifles, they are also used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons, the company said.
Sales of handgun ammunition will also be discontinued, it said.
The retailer, which has been under pressure to change its policies on gun sales, said it took the action following the death of 31 people in mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, one of which took place in a Walmart store.
“As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same,” Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said in a letter to Walmart’s associates.