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(CNSNews.com) - Walmart announced Tuesday that it will no longer allow customers with open carry permits in states that allow them to openly carry firearms in their stores, and it is discontinuing sales of certain ammunition.
In a letter to Walmart associates, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon cited the recent shooting massacres in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and most recently in Midland and Odessa, Texas, as the impetus for the changes.
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“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. Just a few days prior, two of our associates were killed by another associate in our store in Southaven, Mississippi. And hours after the shooting in El Paso, our country experienced another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. This weekend brought tragedy to Midland and Odessa, Texas,” the letter stated.
“In Southaven and El Paso, our associates responded to anger and hate with courage and self-sacrifice. Our immediate priorities were supporting our associates and the impacted families and cooperating with law enforcement. In parallel, we have been focused on store safety and security. We’ve also been listening to a lot of people inside and outside our company as we think about the role we can play in helping to make the country safer. It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,” he wrote.
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After visiting El Paso on Aug. 6, McMillon said he gave “deliberate” thought about the company’s response.
“We’ve been giving a lot of thought to our sale of firearms and ammunition. We’ve previously made decisions to stop selling handguns or military-style rifles such as the AR-15, to raise the age limit to purchase a firearm or ammunition to 21, to require a ‘green light’ on a background check while...
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