Amidst the continued riots and looting in Philadelphia this week, Walmart has quietly removed guns and ammunition from their sporting goods sections in stores across the country. WRKN in Nashville was the first to report on the move by the retail giant, which has already taken several steps in recent years to stop selling many firearms and common calibers of ammunition.
Unlike those moves, which were designed to put Walmart on the “gunsense” side of the gun control debate, the most recent decision by Walmart seems based on concerns that firearms and ammunition may be stolen during riots and looting.
“It’s important to note that we only sell firearms in approximately half of our stores, primarily where there are large concentrations of hunters, sportsmen, and sportswomen. We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers. These items do remain available for purchase by customers.”