Bentonville, AR – Walmart said Tuesday it will no longer sell ammunition for handguns and some rifles, and has also asked customers to not openly carry firearms in stores even in states that allow it.
Walmart announced that handgun ammunition, .223, and 5.56 NATO would no longer be sold in its stores after they sell out according to the Associated Press.
Walmart also stated it would discontinue handgun sales in Alaska. The retail corporation had stopped selling handguns in the U.S. except for Alaska in the 1990s, according to the Associated Press.
The retail giant said it would be adding signs in stores to tell customers about about their policy change which prohibits concealed carry.
Walmart noted it would not change its policy that allows for customers to carry concealed weapons.
“We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we’re going to continue doing so,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo given to employees on Sept. 3, according to the Associated Press. “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.”
McMillon added he would write letters to the White House and Congress and ask for “action on these common sense measures.”
In August, a man went into an El Paso, Texas Walmart and killed 22 people with an AK-47 style rifle.
Texas became an open carry state in 2016 which means people can openly carry firearms in that state, according to the Associated Press.
It’s still illegal to openly carry a weapon while murdering people.
“Walmart deserves enormous credit for joining the strong and growing majority of Americans who know that we have too many guns in our country and they are too easy to get,” said Executive Director and Founder of Guns Down America Igor Volsky, according to the Associated Press.
“That work doesn’t end with Walmart’s decision today. As Congress comes back to consider gun violence, Walmart should make it clear that it stands with Americans who are demanding real change,” he added.