OHIO – Walmart announced today that it will change its policy on open carry in stores and will start phasing out some ammo sales.
Walmart after having two deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas and Southaven, Mississippi are now saying that if you enter a Walmart with a open carry you may be asked to leave. They said the policy will be nationwide but in some states the policy may be different.
Walmart also announced the end of hand gun sales in Alaska the only state that it currently sells handguns. They also announced they will discontinue sales of ammunition for handguns and some types of rifles.
“We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said, “”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.”
Mcmillion said he is a gun owner and remains committed to his heritage to supporting guns and hunters but will only sell guns for that purpose and is limiting its gun sales to shotguns and rifles.
“We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand. As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same.”
McMillion also said he sent a letter to White House and Congress asking for debate around stronger gun control.
“We encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger,” McMillon said. “We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness.”