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The country’s largest retailer announced Tuesday that it will pull all handguns, handgun ammunition, and some rifle ammunition from stores following several mass shootings last month including one at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people.
Walmart is also asking customers not to openly carry their firearms in the retail giant’s U.S. stores or in Sam’s Club, another retail chain owned and operated by Walmart. Walmart will still continue to allow guests who have concealed carry permits to carry their firearms in stores, a policy that saved lives last month at one of its stores in Arkansas when an off-duty firefighter carrying a gun held a 20-year-old suspected shooter with tactical weapons and body armor at gunpoint until police arrived.
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The retailer will also still sell long-barrel deer rifles and shotguns in addition to ammunition for the weapons.
“It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told employees in a memo, as reported by CNN. McMillon went on to say the policy changes were in response to last month’s shootings in Ohio and Texas.
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