Walmart Responds to Two Deadly Shootings by Barring Customers From Openly Carrying in Stores and No Longer Selling Some Ammunition

Walmart has responded to the two deadly shootings by barring shoppers in their stores from openly carrying guns and also ending the sales of some types of ammunition.

"After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons," CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo that was sent out to employees on Tuesday.

Walmart's Response to The Two Deadly Shootings in Their Stores

Additionally Walmart will stop selling handguns in Alaska, the last remaining state where Walmart sells them.

"We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand," McMillon stated. "As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same."

This is in response to the recent shootings in Walmart stores in Southaven, Mississippi and El Paso, Texas.

Walmart accounts for 20% of the ammunition sales in the United States and 2% of the firearm sales.

On top of that McMillion has also sent letters to the government encouraging them to discuss stronger gun control laws.

"We encourage our nation's leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger," McMillon said. "We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness."

The NRA released a statement with regards to Walmart's decision:

How is this helping anyone? It's very unlikely someone will open carry inside the store before they decide to open fire. It seems as if they are doing this just so it appears they are taking action.

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No matter how strict gun control is, the type of person who committed these two deadly shootings is going to ignore gun laws. While this will please the media, this will not prevent shootings in the future.