Walmart said on Thursday that it removed all guns and ammunition from displays in its stores to keep goods from being stolen amid “civil unrest” across regions of the United States. States.
The retail giant, which sells guns in about half of its 4,700 locations, says people can still buy guns and ammunition on demand at stores where they are usually available.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest, and as we have done several times over the past few years, we have moved weapons and ammunition out,” a Walmart spokesperson said. off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers, ”said in a statement.
The move comes as Philadelphia faces days of looting and riot after police shot and killed Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old black man whom police said had failed to comply with a knife lowering order.
It also comes amid fears that the 3 November presidential election next week could cause volatility, especially if the outcome remains irreversible.
The retailer had previously removed guns and bullets following the murder of George Floyd by the police, which sparked nationwide riots and looting several Walmarts.
Walmart has been gradually shrinking its gun sales, even though it remains a major domestic gun supplier.
The company stopped selling assault-style weapons like the AR-15 in 2015. It also raised the minimum age for buying guns in its stores in 2018 to 21, from 18.
Walmart added on Thursday that “we only sell handguns in about half of our stores, mainly in places with a high concentration of hunters, athletes and sports women.”