WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED
- Walmart retailing said on Thursday that it was pulling out guns and ammunitions on display across their stores nationwide to avoid getting stolen from potential riots and violence.
- The move came because of the recent surge of looting and riot crimes in Philadelphia and as part of precautionary measures for the upcoming Election Day results.
- Walmart has been gradually decreasing its selling of firepowers nationwide.
On Thursday, Walmart retailing announced that it has pulled out displayed guns and ammunitions across all their stores in the US to prevent violent protesters from stealing it.
Selling fire weapons on over 4,700 branches, Walmart said that upon request, people could still purchase guns and ammo in available stores.
In a statement, a Walmart spokesman said: “We have seen some isolated civil unrest, and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers.”
The company also said that they would “only sell firearms in approximately half of our stores, primarily where there are large concentrations of hunters, sportsmen, and sportswomen.”
The decision came following recent cases of looting and riots in Philadephia where police had brutally shot a 27-year-old black man named Walter Wallace, whom officials claimed had a knife and declined to surrender. In addition, the move also came to prepare for the upcoming Election Day next week, as concerns of unrest could spark following the election results.
The country has also endured months of nationwide unrest over the fatal shooting of George Floyd (in May) and Jacob Blake (in August). Both victims were also black.
While it remains to be a prime firearms seller, Walmart has been gradually reducing its offering in the country.
In 2015, the retail giant halted merchandising assault-type weapons such as the AR-15. And in 2018, it raised the buyer’s minimum age to 21 from 18.
Source: New York Post