Walmart will continue to sell guns and ammunition despite some calls for the company to change its policies following a trio of shootings in Mississippi, Texas, and Ohio.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon clarified on Thursday his company would no longer be selling violent video games but they would not stop selling firearms. McMillon said, however, that his company would begin to implement “common-sense changes”—requiring all gun buyers to be 21 years old or order—ABC News reports.
“As we’ve shared previously, we will strive to use these experiences to identify additional actions we can take to strengthen our processes, improve our technology and create an even safer environment in our stores,” McMillon said via the report. “We’re also thinking through the broader issues related to gun violence and things we should do to help create safer communities.”
Walmart defends gun sales after shootings at its stores:
“We will strive to use these experiences to identify additional actions we can take to strengthen our processes, improve our technology and create an even safer environment,” CEO Doug McMillon says https://t.co/xaTKm1qhZu
— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2019
From the report:
As mass shootings have increased in frequency, Walmart has removed handguns from most of its stores, and the company stopped selling military-style rifles like the AR-15 in 2015, three years after that weapon was used in the mass killing of 20 elementary school students in Newtown, Connecticut.
Also, while federal law allows a person to buy a firearm three days after submitting to a background check — even if the check has not been completed — Walmart goes a step further and requires that buyers successfully pass the check.
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.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has joined in on the calls for Walmart to cease all gun and ammunition sales, saying: “Sometimes, companies recognize that they have an obligation to the lives, health, and safety of their communities. Do the right thing — stop selling guns.”
Sometimes, companies recognize that they have an obligation to the lives, health, and safety of their communities. In 2014, for example, CVS voluntarily stopped selling tobacco products. Cigarette sales went down, and more smokers tried to quit. That's progress.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
“Five other Democrats running for president — Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio — made similar calls soon after,” ABC News adds.