Major U.S. retailer Walmart announced it will stop selling ammunition and prohibit open carry in its stores following the recent deadly shootings, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The company is about to stop selling ammunition for military-style weapons, and its customers will no longer be allowed to open carry firearms in the Walmart stores.
The decision came as the chain was forced to react to the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Southaven, Mississippi. Despite the pressure from gun-rights advocates and activists, Walmart opted for quitting this market. However, rifles and shotguns, as well as other ammunition for hunting, will still be sold.
The decision was supported by the U.S. largest grocery chain, Kroger, who also revealed it would end up with an open carry policy.
On July 30, an employee killed two of his co-workers and injured a policeman in Southaven. On Aug. 3, a mass shooting occurred in Walmart’s store in El Paso, where 21 people were killed. The shooter who published an anti-immigrant manifesto prior to the massacre was arrested.
Walmart has been tightening its gun policies for years. The handguns have not been sold in all states except Alaska since 1993, with the minimum aged for purchase raised from 18 to 21 after Parkland shooting in 2018.
In 2015, Walmart also stopped selling the military-style rifles, commonly used in shootings. However, according to WP, the retailer still featured prominently in the gun market, selling around 20% of ammunition in half of its 4,750 stores in the U.S.