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;/Suffolk University poll, which was carried out after the final presidential debate.

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Company officials confirmed to USA Today that before the election, Wal-Mart had removed guns and ammunition from its sales department.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The retailer stated that if the store is broken due to civil unrest caused by the upcoming presidential election on Tuesday, the retailer hopes to avoid any potential gun theft.

Wal-Mart said in a statement: “We have had several isolated civil unrests in the past few years. We have moved guns and ammunition from the sales workshop to prevent the safety of employees and customers.” USA Today stated. “These items are indeed still available for purchase by customers.”

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Walmart sells guns in about half of its 4,700 stores.

A new round of polls by “USA Today”/Suffolk University found that as this year’s turbulent election ends next week, Americans are increasingly worried about what will happen, including whether the vote will be peaceful and whether the results are widely accepted.

Three-quarters of voters expressed concern about the possibility of violence on election day. Only a quarter of people said they were “very confident” that if Democratic challenger Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, the country will achieve a peaceful transfer of power.

Over the years, Wal-Mart has taken measures to reduce sales of ammunition and guns. In the early 1990s, the retailer stopped selling pistols. They are only available in Alaska. In 2015, it stopped selling modern sports rifles, and three years later, it banned the sale of guns to anyone under 21.

Driven by the fear of social unrest and a democratic sweep that could lead to stricter gun laws, gun manufacturers have seen their stock prices rise.

Contributors: Susan Page, Sarah Elbeshbish, Charisse Jones and Michael Braga, USA Today

Follow USA Today reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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