Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Walmart faces pressure to stop gun sales after latest US mass shootings

Walmart faces pressure to stop gun sales after latest US mass shootings

"There has been no change in company policy", spokesman Randy Hargrove said in an interview. The retailer does not sell all types of weapons: It stopped selling assault style rifles in 2015.

Additionally, "Walmart goes beyond federal law requiring all customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm", Hargrove was quoted as saying to AFP. The email follows the deadly shootings at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart store over the weekend.

Walmart, scene of two recent gun horrors, is under pressure to use its corporate power to help crack down on the sale of weapons in the US.

With its doors open to shoppers often late into the night in towns across the country, Walmart stores have seen their fair share of confrontation.

McMillon must now must walk a fine line of listening to the concerns of employees like Marshall who support more gun control measures, while maintaining the company's stance on sales.

- Im_The_Dude_Man (@ImTheDudeMan1) August 4, 2019How many Walmart shootings will it take for you to stop selling guns?

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Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age for gun purchases to 21 from 18, he said.

- Dave Hogg (@stareagle) August 3, 2019Boycott Walmart and every other non-specialist store until they stop selling murder weapons for profit. But because of its biggest chain in the US, Walmart continues to face criticism for its firearm stocks.

A Texas State Trooper walks back to his auto while providing security outside the Walmart store in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. "We will be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses, and we will act in a way that reflects the best values and ideals of our company, with a focus on serving the needs of our customers, associates and communities".

In March 2019, Dick's also said it would pull guns and ammunition off the shelves of 125 of its 720 store, a decision the company said it took because its gun sales were down due to competition from dedicated gun and hunting stores. But the retail giant maintains that its target audience is sport shooters and hunters.

A representative for Walmart didn't immediately respond to a request for comment following the Instagram post.

Actress Alyssa Milano and venture capitalist Chris Sacca were among the prominent Twitter users to urge Walmart to stop carrying guns.

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