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Walmart clarified its new policy on ammunition sales a day after its CEO announced the retailer would stop selling certain ammunition but didn't specify exactly which ammunition.
The new policy was announced in response to the horrific attack on one of Walmart's El Paso stores. Walmart senior director of communications Delia Garcia described the event as the "bottom line," and said Walmart would only sell ammunition capable of being used in the remaining firearms they sell.
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"Our assortment will remain focused on the needs of hunting and sport shooting enthusiasts," Garcia told the Washington Free Beacon. "It will include rifles used for deer hunting and shotguns, much of the ammunition they require, as well as hunting and sporting accessories and apparel. In other words, if we sell the firearm, we will sell the ammunition for it unless that ammunition, such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large-capacity magazines on military-style weapons, and also the .300 Blackout, 7.62×39 and .224 Valkyrie which can also be used in military-style rifles."
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Garcia's statement came in response to questions about yesterday's confused press release from Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. In the release, McMillon said the chain would no longer sell "short-barrel rifle ammunition" but would continue to sell ammunition for "long barrel deer rifles and shotguns," despite the fact that barrel length has no bearing on what kind of ammunition a rifle uses. McMillon further said the company wouldn't sell .223 and 5.56 caliber ammunition because it could "be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons," despite the fact that every caliber ammunition can be loaded into magazines of all different sizes.
McMillon did not explain what Walmart considers a "large capacity clip" or...
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