US election: Walmart removes guns, ammunition on display at stores

30 Octobre, 2020, 04:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • US election: Walmart removes guns, ammunition on display at stores

Walmart Inc removed firearms and ammunition from USA store floors this week to protect customers and employees as tensions across the country have been rising, the world's largest retailer said on Thursday.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer, which sells firearms in approximately half of its more than 5,000 USA stores, will still sell the items upon request, it said.

Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition off the sales floor in some of its United States stores in response to protests in Philadelphia following the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

The move comes after several days of protests, widespread vandalism and an overnight curfew in Philadelphia after police fatally shot a Black man who had a history of mental health problems.

Walmart is preparing its stores around the country for the possibility of mostly peaceful protests that could break out next week depending on the results of Tuesday's election.

Walmart made a a similar move in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd that set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans.

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The company also ended the sale of handguns in Alaska, the last state where stores still carried them.

Customers will still be able to buy guns and ammunition on request.

In 2019, Walmart stopped sales of ammunition for handguns and some military-style rifles used in some hunting rifles. It stopped selling handguns in Alaska previous year.

Walmart sells firearms and ammunition at roughly half of its 4,700 stores nationwide.

Demand for firearms has skyrocketed this year as measured by Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, a proxy for sales.

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