Walmart Ends All Handgun Ammunition Sales, Asks Customers Not to Carry Guns Into Stores

Walmart on Tuesday announced it will reduce its gun and ammunition sales, one month after more than 20 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Walmart also pressured Congress to enact gun safety measures.

The company, America’s largest retailer, said it will stop selling handgun ammunition and “short-barrel rifle ammunition,” such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber, that can also be used on assault-style weapons after selling all of its current inventory. Walmart will also stop selling handguns in Alaska, the only state where it still sells handguns. And Walmart will request that customers no longer openly carry guns into its 4,700 US stores, or its Sam’s Club stores, in states that allow open carry.

“It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

However, Walmart will continue to sell long barrel deer rifles and shotguns and much of the ammunition for those guns. Walmart will also continue to allow concealed carry by customers with permits in its stores.

McMillon said Walmart’s changes were prompted by the El Paso, Texas, shooting, as well as recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and Midland and Odessa, Texas.

The measured steps announced Tuesday are the latest changes Walmart has made to its gun policies in recent years as mass shootings continue in America.

Walmart attempted again to balance customers who own guns and are “part of our customer base” with safety in stores, Dan Bartlett, Walmart executive vice president of corporate affairs, said on a call with reporters.

“We feel like we are striking a responsible balance between the interests of law-abiding citizens who are exercising their legal rights and the safety concerns of our associates and customers,” he said.

Walmart represents about 2% of the market for guns today, the company said for the first time recently. Walmart believes it is not among the top three gun sellers in the industry, but it estimates it has about a 20% market share of ammunition sales.

On Tuesday, McMillon said that Walmart’s changes to ammunition policies will reduce its market share from around 20% to between 6% and 9%. “We believe it will likely drift toward the lower end of that range, over time, given the combination of these changes,” he said.

McMillion, who said he was a gun owner himself, took pains to avoid alienating customers.

“We will treat law-abiding customers with respect, and we will have a very non-confrontational approach,” he said. “Our remaining assortment will be even more focused on the needs of hunting and sport shooting enthusiasts.”

In addition, McMillon said that he would send letters to the White House and congressional leaders that “call for action” on “common sense” gun safety measures. McMillon said Congress should debate re-authorizing the assault weapons ban and expand background checks.

“We encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger,” he said. “Congress and the administration should act. Given our decades of experience selling firearms, we are also offering to serve as a resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.”

Spurred by El Paso shooting

On August 3, a Walmart in El Paso was the scene of one of the worst mass shootings in American history. Federal investigators are treating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.

In the wake of the shooting, Walmart has faced enormous pressure to remove firearms from its physical stores and criticized for selling pro-gun T-shirts on its website. Several Democratic candidates for president have called on Walmart to stop selling guns at its stores. America’s largest teachers’ union, The American Federation of Teachers, and gun safety groups have pressed the retailer to end its gun sales.

Walmart previously pulled displays of violent video games in its stores and also removed about 1,000 third-party items from its website.

Despite its history of selling hunting weapons that goes back to Walmart’s origins, Walmart has shifted its gun policies. It stopped selling assault rifles in 2015 and raised its minimum gun purchasing age to 21 last year after the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in every state but Alaska in the mid-1990s and only sells a firearm to customers after receiving a “green light” on a background check.

“We understand that heritage, our deeply rooted place in America and our influence as the world’s largest retailer. And we understand the responsibility that comes with it,” McMillon said.

24 comments

  • Keith Sweet

    So I guess Walmart will stop selling beer, cigarettes, chew tobacco, and junk food. Almost forgot knives can kill also.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    It sure would be nice if a Utopia were actually possible. But, it isn’t. Law-abiding and responsible gun owners are not the fools who are committing these crimes. Take away a person’s right to bear arms and only the crazies will have them. Think about it before going off half-cocked…………oh………..hah………..I made a funny

  • Bobby Jackson

    They are mainly fake thumbs down for the record. They have changed a bit. Notice? The comments aren’t being deleted as they were not long ago. They want people reading comments to believe majority is on corporate propagandas side. Its all deception and lies.

    • CHEVY DRIVER (@RUSTYCHEVYS)

      Noticed that too? If you can’t censor, just make a lie look like it’s popular with everyone else.

  • Bobby Jackson

    This propaganda should sicken every American. Walmart wants there stores to be as dangerous as schools are. Gun free zones are some of the most dangerous places on the planet. Gun free zones empower violent criminals and make law abiding citizens victims. They will never disarm America like there agenda is trying so hard to do. If society were heavily armed there would be no mass shootings.

    • just4fun1111

      They’re not gun free zones. They clearly stated that anyone with a concealed weapon and permit is fine, they’re simply requesting no open carry.

      • CHEVY DRIVER (@RUSTYCHEVYS)

        They’re not gun free zones – yet. The handlers at WM and Sam’s aren’t so stupid to shoot themselves in both feet. They’ll do this now and once the dust settles and the ledger is still in the black, they’ll roll the next phase out.

  • Mopar Driver (@RustyMopars)

    OK , But if it is legal to carry your protection and Walmart doesn’t care one bit about you or your safety then Walmart wants to assume all liabilities for customer safety on their property ( store and lot) by asking not to protect yourself legally , All that without armed guards is a tall order – Some uninformed management at Walmart needs removed for public safety and this statement retracted .

  • Denpachii

    I conceal carry. No one would know I am armed unless I needed to use that tool, and I would much rather have it when needed than need it and not have it.

  • ontheotherhand

    Because nothing says ‘Hey psychotic coward, please come and play out your fantasy’ like a gun free zone. I don’t open carry (personally I think it’s foolish and irresponsible) but Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club can KMA if they think I’ll stop carrying concealed in their stores.

    • just4fun1111

      The policy clearly says that concealed weapons with a permit are fine. Did you bother to read Walmart’s statement?

      • ONTHEOTHERHAND

        Yes, I read it. Concealed carry is allowed for now. Like someone else said earlier, it will eventually come to be just like all the other virtue-signaling gun free fish bowls. It all fits into the anti-gun narrative and people are too self absorbed to see their rights being infringed until it’s too late.

  • RackAttack🎱❌ (@attack_rack)

    How do you boil a frog? Slowly so he doesn’t jump out. … Death by 1000 cuts.
    This is what’s going on in America today. The constant, incessant call for “gun control,” which is basically a euphemism for the destruction of the Right to Bear Arms. And NONE OF THIS IS ORGANIC.
    It has already been accomplished over the rest of the world, the disarming of citizens by the governments of their countries. THIS IS AN AGENDA.
    In war, does the enemy care about how many opposite force people are killed? Not at all. On the contrary, that is one of the goals in war: To neutralize the enemy.
    In America, I propose, the SAME THING is being done. All these mass shootings ARE A PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATION being played on the American citizens, in order to sway public opinion and get the people to cry for their own disarmament!
    IT CAN’T BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN! Vote OUT all those who cry for Gun Control, because either THEY ARE IN ON IT … or … They are too stupid to see what’s going on!!!
    All this story is, is an example of corporate cooperation in the disarmament plan for America! DON’T BE FOOLED!

    • lucystoole

      Honest question – what “War” is going to happen that American citizens will need assault rifles and such to fight with? Are the British going to invade? What about those dang Canadians?

      • Bob Stevens

        Apparently you are asleep to the attack on our basic rights. I love how the anti-trump crowd, that he is a Nazi tyrant are also shouting for him to take all the guns… Firearms are a deterrent, there will never be a war if the right to bear arms is uninfringed. There is historical precedent that tyrannical governments take the guns then round up the “undesirables”. I refuse to be one of those victims.

      • whopperplopper

        assault rifles are illegal to own now, unless you possess a FFL.
        another snowflake trying to scare the natives with lies

      • Bobby Jackson

        There is no such thing as “assault rifle”, like the big bad scary ar 15 propaganda that these psychopaths keep hammering into the heads of many Americans. We will stay armed to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government. Agenda 21 and agenda 2030 are being enacted now as people are distracted with everything and have no clue what’s happening. All by design. Corporate media is our enemy and that goes for local media as well . Snap out of it.

      • ONTHEOTHERHAND

        The invasion has been underway for quite some time now, coming through our borders and being plotted in Washington. Some people are just too blind, stupid, or apathetic to notice.

      • ONTHEOTHERHAND

        ‘Nuts’ like Rackattack and other patriots will be the ones you depend on after the SHTF, if you’re not already in some government internment camp getting your final indoctrination on who you truly serve. There are still some people out there that know that steaks and burgers come on the hoof and not some clean styrofoam and plastic tray, and they know how to get it from hoof to table. Of course, that’s barbaric, isn’t it? Animals have feelings and rights too. Thanks be to God that people like you had nothing to do with the settlement and organization of our nation.

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