Walmart outlines response to shootings

Sep 4, 2019
Written by wpengine

In an announcement this week to Walmart associates, CEO Doug McMillon outlined new changes to the company’s gun sales policy. He referred to fatal shootings last month at company stores in Texas and Mississippi.

The company’s latest decisions:

  • After selling through current inventory, it will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used in large capacity clips on military-style rifles.
  • It will sell through inventory then discontinue handgun ammunition
  • It will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking Walmart’s complete exit from handgun sales.

The latest steps are in addition to others Walmart has taken regarding guns sales. Earlier changes included ending sales of handguns or military-style rifles, raising the age limit to purchase a firearm to 21, videotaping gun sales and limiting transactions to certain associates trained in gun sales.

Besides supporting store associates and impacted families, McMillon wrote, “we have been focused on store safety and security. We’ve also been listening to a lot of people inside and outside our company as we think about the role we can play in helping to make the country safer. It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable.”

Read the entire message here.