Walmart To Stop Selling Ammunition For Assault Rifles, Handguns

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While short-barrel ammunition is commonly used in some hunting rifles for small animals such as prairie dogs, they can also be used in military-style weapons with high-capacity magazines.

"A month ago, in El Paso, Texas, a gunman with an assault-style rifle launched a hate-filled attack in our store, shooting 48 people resulting in the loss of 22 innocent lives", McMillion wrote.

"We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we're going to continue doing so", according to a memo by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon that will be circulated to employees. It will continue to sell hunting rifles and related ammunition.

The company will also stop selling handguns in Alaska, that last state it has been selling those firearms. "Our remaining assortment will be even more focused on the needs of hunting and sport shooting enthusiasts". McMillon added. "It's clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable".

In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, Walmart ordered workers to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence from stores nationwide.

Walmart expects the changes on ammunition to lower its market share of bullets from around 20 percent to a range of six to nine percent. Of its almost 5,000 USA stores, about half sell firearms.

Walmart stops ammunition sales
Walmart To Stop Selling Ammunition For Assault Rifles, Handguns

McMillon says Walmart will send letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that calls for action on these "common sense" measures.

"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", he said.

There are 49 Walmart stores in MA, including 27 Supercenters. As ABC News reported, "Four candidates - Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio - took to Twitter to call on the retailer to change its policy ..."

McMillon noted that Walmart had already ceased AR-15s, raised the age limit to purchase a firearm or ammunition to 21, required a "green light" on a background check for purchase instead of the absence of a "red light", which is required by federal law, among other steps.

"And we understand the responsibility that comes with it", McMillon said.

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