New York, USA:
A spokeswoman said on Thursday that Wal-Mart plans to remove guns and ammunition from the US sales department after the turmoil in Philadelphia this week.
The retail giant will continue to sell these items to consumers who demand them, but will withdraw them from the display. A company spokesperson said that guns and ammunition are sold in about half of the stores in the United States, mainly in areas where hunting is popular.
A Walmart spokesperson said: “We have seen some isolated civil strife. We have done this several times in the past few years. We have moved guns and ammunition out of the sales area to prevent the safety of employees and customers.”
The move came after Philadelphia announced a night curfew on Wednesday, after the police rioted for two consecutive nights over the killing of Walter Wallace, who became the latest black person to die by law enforcement officers.
The earlier killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans sparked massive protests across the United States this year.
Since the police shot and killed Wallace wearing a knife on Monday, thousands of people have been taken to the streets of Philadelphia, where robbery and violence broke out. Wallace’s family said he has mental health problems.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said there will be no curfew on Thursday night, but “unless travel is necessary, we encourage residents to stay at home.”