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Walmart to stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition

Walmart to stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition

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.

In a memo to Walmart employees, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon addressed the most recent round of mass shootings, including the Odessa, Texas killings this weekend, writing "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".

Walmart will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the.223 caliber and 5.56 caliber after clearing current stock. "We will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking our complete exit from handguns".

The retailer, however, said it would continue to cater to hunting and sport shooting enthusiasts, selling long barrel deer rifles and shotguns. McMillon added. "It's clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable".

On August 4, a Walmart in El Paso was the scene of one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

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Walmart has previously said that its share of the national ammunition sales market was around 20 percent.

In addition, McMillon said that he would send letters to the White House and congressional leaders that "call for action" on "common sense" gun safety measures. About half of its more than 4,750 US stores sell firearms.

There are 49 Walmart stores in MA, including 27 Supercenters. McMillon said Congress should debate re-authorizing the assault weapons ban and expand background checks.

The nation's largest retailer has been facing increasing pressure to change its gun policies by gun control activists, employees and politicians after the El Paso shooting and a second unrelated shooting in Dayton, Ohio that killed nine people. It stopped selling assault rifles in 2015 and raised its minimum gun purchasing age to 21 past year after the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Walmart stopped selling handguns in the mid-1990s, with the exception of Alaska. "And we understand the responsibility that comes with it".

"Walmart deserves enormous credit for joining the strong and growing majority of Americans who know that we have too many guns in our country and they are too easy to get", said Igor Volsky, Executive Director and Founder of Guns Down America in a statement.


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