Citing instances of "isolated civil unrest," Walmart is removing guns and ammunition from the sales floors of its U.S. stores as a precaution against theft and violence. These products will still be available for purchase, but they will not be left in plain sight.
Amid growing consumer demand for firearms, Walmart has limited the types of guns and ammunition it sells. In 2015, the retailer stopped selling assault-style weapons, and in 2018, it raised the minimum age requirement for purchase of firearms and ammunition. After the El Paso shooting in 2019, Walmart stopped selling ammunition for semi-automatic weapons.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has resisted pressure that he take his company out of the gun business altogether, saying last year that its remaining assortment of firearms will focus on hunting and sport shooting.