Wal-Mart said on Thursday that it had removed guns and ammunition from the sales floors of its US stores in order to keep guns safe from theft when social unrest broke out.
A Walmart spokesperson said: “We have seen some isolated civil unrest, and 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.” Said in the MoneyWatch email. “These items are indeed still available for purchase by customers.”
After the company withdrew guns and ammunition from the store in JuneWhen Was damaged.
The largest retailer in the United States continues to be the main seller of guns and ammunition, although it has scaled down to sell guns in about half of its 4,700 stores.
WalmartAnd pistol after the shooting in one of its stores in 201
However, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon (Doug McMillon) resisted pressure to completely withdraw his company from the gun business. He said last year that its remaining gun types would be concentrated in.
Consumer demand for guns has surged this year. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry trade organization, estimates that from January to July, there were 12.1 million background checks on the purchase of firearms, an increase of nearly 72% from the 7.1 million firearms purchased in the same period last year.
According to a survey of gun retailers by the National Science Foundation (NSSF), 40% of gun sales come from buyers who have never owned a gun. The conclusion is that by 2020, nearly 5 million Americans have purchased guns for the first time.