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Walmart says no to handguns and ammo sales, tells customers to keep their guns out of stores


This news story was published on September 3, 2019.
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BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS – Walmart today said there will be no more handgun nor handgun ammunition sold in their stores and is telling customers to keep their guns out of their stores.

The following gun police was released by Walmart today, September 3, 2019. Walmart, which has a store in Mason City, suffered a fatal, tragic shooing last month in Texas.

Walmart has a long heritage as a company of serving hunters and sportsmen and women. Our focus has always been to do so responsibly, including taking many measures that go beyond what’s required by law.

Where We Sell Firearms and Ammunition
Walmart sells firearms in approximately half of our U.S. supercenter stores. While we are not the largest volume firearms seller in the United States, we do serve many areas of the country where there is a concentration of hunters and sportsmen/women.

Items We Sell
Walmart sells long guns for hunting and sport shooting, including shotguns, single-shot hunting rifles and light sporting rifles, as well as BB and pellet guns.

Items We Don’t Sell
Walmart does not sell military-style rifles, such as the AR-15, or any type of AR-15 accessory, including bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. These items are also listed on our prohibited items list for online marketplace sellers. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and help ensure our policies are applied.

As of September 2019, we have discontinued the sale of:

  • handguns, which were previously sold only in our Alaska stores
  • ammunition for handguns
  • ammunition for short-barrel rifles such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large-capacity clips on military-style weapons
  • ammunition like the .300 Blackout, 7.62x.39 and .224 Valkyrie

Who Can Buy Firearms and Ammunition at Walmart
In February 2018, we announced our decision to sell firearms and ammunition only to individuals who are 21 and older.

Walmart only sells a firearm after receiving a “green light” on a background check. This goes beyond federal law, which only requires the absence of a “red light” after a three-business day waiting period. We require a “green light,” regardless of the time period.

Selling Firearms Responsibly
Walmart takes steps above and beyond what is required by law to sell firearms in a responsible way, including:

  • videotaping the point of sale for firearms;
  • allowing only select associates who have passed a criminal background check to sell firearms;
  • conducting regular associate training;
  • performing inventory audits; and
  • securing firearms in a locking case, among other important measures.

Walmart associates who are authorized to sell firearms are specifically trained on all firearm policies and procedures. Associates who fail to follow the policies and procedures are subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Walmart is a charter member of the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership, organized by Walmart and Everytown for Gun Safety.

We have committed to work alongside other retailers to make the overall industry safer, including sharing our own best practices. This system navigates tens of millions of possible combinations of federal, state and local laws, regulations and licensing requirements that come into effect based on where a firearm is sold and who is purchasing. We hope that freely sharing this information will help more retailers sell firearms in a responsible, compliant manner.

Open Carry of Firearms
Motivated by our desire to create a safe environment in our stores and clubs, we request that customers no longer openly carry firearms into Walmart or Sam’s Club locations in states where open carry is permitted – unless they are authorized law enforcement. As of September 2019, we are working to create and display new signage to help communicate this policy.

We will continue to follow state and local laws regarding concealed carry permit holders.

Last updated: September 3, 2019

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39 Responses to Walmart says no to handguns and ammo sales, tells customers to keep their guns out of stores

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Can’t you all read? They kindly ask that you don’t OPEN carry in their store. CCWers are welcome as always, and bring your AR too as long as you leave it inside your truck in their parking lot.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Yea, Wal-Mart just helped all the independent gun stores!

    Every home in America should have a gun and know how to use them. It’s called self-defense.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Dear Kroger and wal mart, Amazon will happily deliver, right to my door everything I need where my gun is safely in place in my home, with me.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Walmart’s decision to treat its law-abiding customers like criminals won’t make ANYONE safer. It will only make it harder for good men and women to exercise their fundamental right to defend themselves and their loved ones.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Walmart is pretty much owned by the Waltons who most often donate huge sums of money to the conservatives and conservative causes. You are the buffoon on this site. LEARN TO RESEARCH AND FACT CHECK!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 6:01 am

    **We truly have an ignorant shit for brains LIBERAL society. This disease of liberalism won’t go away by itself, they will push is into a war and then blame us while they are at it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

    *From A Walmart Worker=I’m ashamed to say that I work for Walmart, in the home town of Bentonville, AR. I started in 1985, when Sam was alive and the business was growing. Walmart was a different place back then. The new regime who is running the company now, is extremely liberal, and operating the business as a socialist organization. They have cut benefits drastically, eliminated profit sharing, holiday pay, sick time, and numerous other lesser benefits, while the upper level are lining their pockets. This doesn’t surprise me at all. These decisions will cost Walmart a lot more than just ammunition sales. There are lots of places to buy the things we need. I rarely set foot in a Walmart store as it is.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

    *I hope that Wal-Mart learns the same lesson that the NFL. Nike, Starbucks, and Gillette are learning. The same lesson that Hollywood is learning. We don’t need them.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

    *Walmart, you just made your stores less safe. for the day when people start suing for the harm you put people in when they visit your store.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

    *Between shitty service, no checkouts open (even the self ones), and always out of half the items People went in for, now they give us yet one more reason to say “**** you Wal-Mart”. Looks like Aldi’s, Target, and the Mom n Pop shops just got all my dollars now.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I’m glad Krogers and Walmart is taking responsibility for my safety. So when is Kroger and Walmart putting in the Armed Security because they just told every nut case where the sheep will be.

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      ‘Nonymus Reply Report comment

      September 5, 2019 at 7:45 am

      As intelligent as you are, I’m surprised you’re not living in Chicago! Most rigid gun laws in the country. Also the most shootings and deaths per capital in the country. How long would it take, living in Chicago, for you to figure out criminals pay no attention to laws!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Well here we go folks, the beginning of the last days of your second amendment rights. Brought to you by the communist Left and their planned gun grab.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    How come when I was in high school you could see someone walking down the hall with a shotgun. It was hunting season so nobody thought anything of it. Many others had guns in their cars. Nobody ever got shot. So it is not the guns it is a fundamental change in the behavior of people. Some how in our smartphone computer world the value of a human life has been lost.

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    Frenchy Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Dark and sinister these mass shootings continue. Nobody seems to have an answer why. And if they did their not talking. People with fantastical wealth better known as the 1% are ultimately beholding to the public’s welfare. It’s their goods and services we buy into. They profit from are needs and wants. Their advertising. Their media. They shape are life. How we think. How we perceive. It is their smart phone lifestyle we are caught up in. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of their global summits year after year. Perhaps they want our guns and their using nefarious ways to reclaim them. Maybe it’s time to bring back the guillotine…

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    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I’m not aware of anyone that condones any of the shootings that have happened. What I do know is; it’s not correct to categorically include the law abiding gun owners of this country into the same lot as those who have committed these horrendous crimes.

    When you remove one right, the removal of other rights are sure to follow.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:38 am

    *AS Sad & Tragic as It IS that there have been 64 Deaths So Far this Year due to Mass Shootings & BOTH Republicans & Democrat Lawmakers are Lining Up to make it EVEN Harder for LAW Abiding Citizens to purchase or KEEP Our Guns. DEMOCRATS are YOU Aware THAT AS Of Today So Far THIS Year there are Currently Nationally 400 ILLEGALS Who have been Arrested & being Tried For MURDER! In OUR Country. Democrats WHEN will YOU do Something About OUR Border? Which is WORSE?

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    Robin Smalley Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:30 am

    The title of this article is misleading. Shame on you for trying to cause trouble!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

    From A Walmart Worker=I’m ashamed to say that I work for Walmart, in the home town of Bentonville, AR. I started in 1985, when Sam was alive and the business was growing. Walmart was a different place back then. The new regime who is running the company now, is extremely liberal, and operating the business as a socialist organization. They have cut benefits drastically, eliminated profit sharing, holiday pay, sick time, and numerous other lesser benefits, while the upper level are lining their pockets. This doesn’t surprise me at all. These decisions will cost Walmart a lot more than just ammunition sales. There are lots of places to buy the things we need. I rarely set foot in a Walmart store as it is.

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      Don Reply Report comment

      September 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

      The same thing is happening at Hy-Vee!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm

        You are correct Don, Hy-Vee is not the family friendly loyal company they once were.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm

          i know that . Hyvee donates to the Republican party. Shame on them

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            Anonymous

            September 4, 2019 at 1:26 pm

            That just shows they are a hell of a lot smarter than you, but we knew that.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I hope that Wal-Mart learns the same lesson that the NFL. Nike, Starbucks, and Gillette are learning. The same lesson that Hollywood is learning. We don’t need them.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      They don’t need you either.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 4, 2019 at 1:26 pm

        Oh yes they do. It’s deadbeat liberals like you they don’t need.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Walmart, you just made your stores less safe. for the day when people start suing for the harm you put people in when they visit your store.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Between shitty service, no checkouts open (even the self ones), and always out of half the items People went in for, now they give us yet one more reason to say “**** you Wal-Mart”. Looks like Aldi’s, Target, and the Mom n Pop shops just got all my dollars now.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Walmart just advertised that they are open for shooting.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2019 at 4:57 am

    In addition to background checks, I believe mental health screening should be a prerequisite to obtaining any kind of firearm.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    September 3, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Taking the test for a motor vehicle license, and passing, only proves to the person giving the test that we know how to drive, and hopefully recognize all road signs/lights, and follow all speed limit signs. And have respect and consideration for other drivers on the road. The test doesn’t ensure that a day, month, year from now that you don’t speed, drive reckless or drive drunk. The test is just a formality, after that its up to the driver to follow all traffic laws and drive safe.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 4, 2019 at 1:21 am

      Any tests for firearm ownership of AR-15 and the like needs to include mental health checks. Perhaps making high power firearm owners obtain insurance for their weapons will lower the number of nut-jobs from obtaining the dangerous guns?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 4, 2019 at 6:29 am

        What is really needed is a screen for drug use or even past drug use. In almost every single case there is current or past drug use by the killers. Anyone using any kind of illegal drugs (ever) should be banned.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Wamart has bigger balls than Trump, who wont say no to the NRA and his other rich and powerful buddies.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 3, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    At least commercial business is doing what the feds have failed to do to restrict who may have control of firearms. We take tests for a motor vehicle license and now need the same for firearms.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      Good point!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 4, 2019 at 6:32 am

        W already have those rules. The killers don’t care about rules. All Walmart has done is say we are unprotected now. Shoot away. By the time the police arrive hundreds will be dead. You people pushing this are over reacting fools. Attack the problem, not the symptoms.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Guns should be sold at a gun store. Background check.

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      September 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Its not any stores (that can legally sell firearms) fault, that a gun goes off and hurts/kills someone. I agree something needs to be done, but what will be the right/best answer.