Walmart to stop selling certain gun ammunition

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The second shooting occurred in El Paso, Texas when a gunman used an assault-style rifle and launched a hate filled attack in a Walmart Store, shooting 48 and killing 22.

The world's largest retailer will end sales of ammunition for short-barrel rifles - such as the.223 caliber and 5.56 caliber - and all handgun ammunition, once it sells its current inventory.

The largest US arms retailer, which has been under pressure to change its policies on gun sales, also said it would discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, the only state where it still sells these guns.

Walmart announced it will reduce its gun and ammunition sales, the company said Tuesday.

Of the more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the USA, about half sell firearms.

Walmart announced Tuesday it is ending the sale of some types of ammunition, and is "respectfully requesting" that shoppers stop openly carrying firearms into its stores, even in states where it's legal.

For years Walmart has been called the biggest gun dealer in the U.S.

Gun owners are a significant part of Walmart's consumer base, and McMillon, who says he owns a firearm, said he doesn't want to alienate customers by making this political statement. Those changes are likely to lower the company's market share of ammunition sales from about 20 percent to as little as 6 percent, the company said.

The store said it will gear its focus toward long-barrel deer rifles and shotguns, supplying much of the ammunition they require and providing hunting and sporting accessories and apparel, Doug McMillon wrote in a memo. And hours after the shooting in El Paso, our country experienced another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

There are 49 Walmart stores in MA, including 27 Supercenters. The retailer cited weak sales. And the company, which in 2015 stopped selling assault rifles like the AR-rifles used in several mass shootings, urged more debate on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban while also calling for the government to strengthen background checks. The company said Tuesday that it would explore sharing its proprietary gun-sales technology platform with other retailers.

- Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the date of the El Paso, Texas, shooting. "As Congress comes back to consider gun violence, Walmart should make it clear that it stands with Americans who are demanding real change". "We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand".

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