Wal-Mart said on Friday that it would return guns and ammunition to the store floor, saying that the retailer called “civil unrest” in several stores earlier this week as “isolation incidents.”
The move was the second day after Wal-Mart said it had taken out guns and ammunition from store showcases. In protests two nights after the fatal shooting in Philadelphia on Monday night, Walmart was robbed of dozens of stores.
“After the civil unrest earlier this week resulted in the destruction of several of our stores, in line with the actions we took during the summer, we asked the stores to move guns and ammunition from the sales office to a safe location behind the store, in large numbers. “, a Wal-Mart spokesperson said in an email. “As the current incident is still geographically isolated, we have decided to start returning these products to the sales department today.”
The company also removed guns and ammunition from the store in JuneGeorge Floyd (George Floyd) in .
The largest retailer in the United States is still the main seller of guns and ammunition, although it has scaled down, with about half of its 4,700 stores selling guns.
WalmartAnd pistol after the shooting in one of its stores in 2019 . The company stopped selling assault weapons in 2015 and raised the minimum age for purchasing guns and ammunition from 18 in 2018 to 21. In 1993, except Alaska, the sales of pistols were stopped in other places, and the sales of AR-15 and other rifles were terminated in 2015.
Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon (Doug McMillon) resisted the 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.
The gun dealer reportedWith the spread of the coronavirus. A dealer told CBS MoneyWatch at the time: “If martial law is declared, they want to be prepared to protect their houses.” “With this coronavirus, people are afraid of the unknown.”
Before COVID-19, gun sales have declined in recent years, partly because gun buyers are less concerned about President Donald Trump’s strict supervision. Mass shooting incidents across the country have also driven some large companies and retailers to stop doing business with the gun industry.