Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Walmart: 'It's time' for Congress to debate an assault-weapons ban

Walmart: 'It's time' for Congress to debate an assault-weapons ban

"We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness in keeping weapons made for war out of the hands of mass murderers", said Mr. McMillion.

"We've attempted to take common sense steps that allow us to serve customers and create a safer environment", McMillon said.

Though reeling in the aftermath of shooting tragedies at two of its US stores, Walmart's USA business is continuing to gain momentum behind increased food sales, in stores and online.

"Walmart remains one of the largest retailers of firearms in the United States, and there is a direct correlation between the number/availability of guns and the amount of mass shootings per capita", the petition reads. Walmart is also weighing whether to take additional steps on its gun policies.

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In comments that were part of the company's quarterly financial disclosure on Thursday, Walmart's CEO Doug McMillon noted the "common-sense changes" the company has made in recent years - including requiring that gun buyers are 21 or older - and said that he welcomed a broader discussion about background checks. We estimate we have about a 20 percent share of ammunition. "We're also thinking through the broader issues related to gun violence and things we should do to help create safer communities", McMillon said. It stopped selling assault rifles in 2015 and raised its minimum gun purchasing age to 21 previous year after the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

Walmart has said it has no plans to stop selling guns.

Last week, after facing intense pressure from mostly Democratic lawmakers to act, Walmart instructed its employees to remove video game displays with violent imagery from its stores and to shut off hunting videos in the vicinity of where guns are sold. Walmart also stopped selling handguns in every state but Alaska in the mid-1990s and only sells a firearm to customers after receiving a "green light" on a background check.

The big-box retailer now has more than 1,100 grocery delivery locations in the USA and more than 2,700 pickup locations where shoppers can order groceries online and pick them up at their local store.

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