Walmart has removed all guns and ammunition displayed on the floors of its stores this week, the company announced, citing civil unrest in major cities across the country following the murder. black cops.
The major retailer made a similar move at some of its stores in June as the protests turned violent in some cities, citing “extreme caution.” This time around, however, Walmart removed weapons and ammo from all US stores where they were sold.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done a few times over the past few years, we have moved our guns and ammunition off the sales floor as a measure. measures for the safety of our associates and customers, “the company said. declare.
Walmart says guns and ammunition will still be available for purchase in stores, but will not be available on the storefront.
Protests erupted across America for months after police killed black men and women. A wave of protests earlier this year was sparked by the murders of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, but other deaths have fueled the protests.
Earlier this week, the streets of Philadelphia were packed with protesters following the Walter Wallace Jr murder by officers on Monday, who responded to the family̵7;s calls for medical assistance.
The local district attorney’s office, which is reviewing the shooting of the police incident, said the video of the incident was “relevant” and that officials questioned why the policemen, not assisting him. however, was transferred to the Wallace family again.
The Philadelphia protests at times turned violent, with looters targeting stores and banks.
A target for Tuesday’s looters is a Port Richmond Walmart. Robbers were seen carrying clothes and utensils, and according to CBS 3 Philly, torn cartridges were also seen abandoned on the ground just outside the store.
Walmart notes that it only sells guns and ammunition in about half of the nearly 5,000 stores nationwide.
A spokesman told BuzzFeed News that there is no timeline as to when the retailer will return products to the exchange.
The last time the weapons were removed from the store, they were returned in about a month.
Walmart’s decision to recall weapon displays also comes as the United States is seeing a sharp increase in gun purchases this year.
Amid an ongoing pandemic, civil unrest in many cities and worries about an upcoming controversial presidential election, an FBI background check – which is required for the purchase guns from licensed dealers – have increased significantly in the first half of 2020 compared to last year.
According to the FBI, more than 9.8 million background checks were conducted between January and June of this year. During the same period last year, more than 5.8 million tests were conducted.