New York, USA:
Walmart plans to remove guns and ammunition from its US stores following the unrest in Philadelphia this week, a spokesman said on Thursday.
The retail giant will continue to sell items to consumers who demand them, but will withdraw them from the showroom stores. A company spokesperson said guns and ammunition were sold at about half of all stores in the US, mainly in popular hunting locations.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done several times over the past few years, we have moved guns and ammunition off the sales floor as a measure of defense. protect the safety of our associates and customers, “said a Walmart spokesperson. “These items are still available for purchase.”;
The move comes after Philadelphia on Wednesday announced a nightly curfew after two nights of turmoil over police killing Walter Wallace, who became the latest black man to die at the hands of law enforcement. .
The previous killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African-Americans have sparked massive protests across America this year.
Thousands of people have poured into the streets of Philadelphia, with looting and violence erupting, since police shot and killed Wallace, who was carrying a knife on Monday. Wallace’s family said he has a mental health problem.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said there will be no curfew on Thursday night, but “we encourage residents to stay home unless it is necessary to travel.”