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ne of America's largest big-box
retailers and a significant purveyor of
firearms and ammunition is yielding
to anti-gun hysteria by calling for action on
gun control and adding extra legal policies to
its firearm and ammunition sales.
Walmart claims to account for 2% of
guns sales and 20% of ammunition sales in
the United States. As such, it is a frequent
target of anti-gun activists, who treat the
availability of firearms-including lawful
transactions by federally licensed dealers-
as a public-health crisis.
Some time ago Walmart chose the
hopeless path of gradually giving in to
anti-gun extremists-even though every
concession merely
amplifies their
demands for total
prohibition.
The company
already has strict
corporate policies
governing firearm
sales above and
beyond those
required by law. It
already stopped
selling handguns
(except in Alaska)
or semi-automatic
rifles several years
ago. It won't sell long
guns or ammunition
to those under age
21, and it requires
special training
and vetting of
employees who sell firearms. It also refuses
to advertise firearm sales, videotapes each
firearm transaction that occurs in its stores
and won't use the safety valve available
under federal law that allows firearm
transfers to occur when the FBI does not
render a decision on a National Instant
Criminal Background Check System check.
Needless to say, these steps-however
much they might have inconvenienced or
alienated the law-abiding public that buys
firearms and ammunition-have done
nothing to temper Walmart's anti-gun critics.

And Walmart has again bowed to anti-gun
activism with further restrictions. According to
The Wall Street Journal, the retailer will now
stop selling handguns in its Alaska stores, to
better focus "on the needs of hunting and
sport-shooting enthusiasts." Other changes
include discouraging otherwise legal open
carry in its stores and restricting the types of
ammunition Walmart stores will offer for sale.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon sent
an email in September to the company's
employees announcing the changes.
"After selling through our current
inventory commitments," McMillon wrote,
"we will discontinue sales of short-barrel
rifle 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 clips on military-style weapons ... ."
What led McMillon to label this very common
round as "short-barrel rifle ammunition" is
unclear. The company will also stop selling
"handgun ammunition," although it's also
unclear what that means-given that many
common types of ammunition can be used in
both handguns and long guns.
More confoundingly, McMillon said he
sent letters urging the White House and
the U.S. Congress "to move forward and
strengthen background checks and to
remove weapons from those who have been
determined to pose an imminent danger."
"We know these decisions will
inconvenience some of our customers, and we
hope they will understand," McMillon stated.
Asking America's increasingly put-upon gun
owners to understand these discriminatory
changes is perhaps a bridge too far.
The person who victimized Walmart
customers in El Paso obviously had no regard
for the law or for the sanctity of innocent
human life.
And just as obviously, those innocent
people had no protection from Walmart
itself. Their only hope was to protect
themselves.
Yet, now the company responds with
corporate policies that will do nothing more
than create more limits on the options its
customers have to defend themselves and
their families against violent criminals.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

August 1 - August 31, 2019
Mark L. Onderko, Roseville, CA (from: Mary Onderko); Mark L. Monroe, Dalhart, TX (from: Karen Monroe); Greg Alford, Dyersburg,
TN (from: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dean); Frank S. Hodges, Jr., Cincinnati, OH (from: Ohio Gun Collectors Association); Steven P. Fjestad,
Bloomington, MN (from: Ohio Gun Collectors Association)

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