Wal-Mart said on Thursday that it had removed all guns and ammunition from display cases in its stores to prevent merchandise from being stolen during “civil unrest” across the United States.
The retail giant sells guns in about half of its 4,700 locations, saying that people can still buy guns and ammunition on request at stores that usually have stock.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson said: “We have seen some isolated civil strife. We have done this many times in the past few years. In order to prevent the safety of employees and customers, we have moved guns and ammunition out of the sales area.” It said in a statement.
In this move, Philadelphia has faced several days of robbery and riots, after the police fatally shot and killed the 27-year-old black Walter Wallace (Walter Wallace), the police said they failed to comply with the order to put down the knife.
There is also concern that the presidential election on November 3 next week may cause turmoil, especially if the results are still not immediately concluded.
After the police killed George Floyd, the retailer had previously dismantled guns and ammunition, which caused riots across the country and robbed several Walmarts.
Wal-Mart has been gradually reducing its gun sales, although it is still the country̵
The company stopped selling offensive weapons like AR-15 in 2015. It also raised the minimum age for buying guns in stores from 18 to 21, and from 18 to 21.
Wal-Mart added on Thursday: “We only sell guns in about half of our stores, mainly where hunters, athletes and female athletes are concentrated.”