Taking the AR out of Walmart.
Walmart will stop selling handgun ammunition and ammo that could be used in high capacity magazines for assault-style guns. The adjustment will take effect immediately… well, once stores have sold out of existing inventory, that is. Because, you know, capitalism.
The nation’s largest retailer will also put an end to the sale of handguns in Alaska, after halting sales of handguns in all other states more than twenty years ago. Additionally, Wally World will no longer allow customers to open carry firearms inside its stores. Have no fear, concealed weapons are still kosher, where legal.
The Walton’s have been re-thinking gun sales over the past four years due in large part to consumer pressure stemming from the onslaught of mass shootings in the country.
The brick and mortar retailer has been at the forefront of the national debate. In August alone, an employee opened fire, killing two people at a Walmart in Mississippi and a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Will it affect the bottom line?
The financial impact will be “merely a flesh wound” (if that) for Walmart, as most guns are purchased at gun shows, not big retail chains, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Gun and ammo sales account for a sliver of Walmart’s revenue.
Following in their footsteps
Kroger will join the home of the rollback, requesting that customers who aren’t authorized law enforcement to not open carry in its stores, even in states where it’s legal.