Walmart pulls guns from display over ‘civil unrest’ concerns

Walmart pulls guns from display over 'civil unrest' concerns
Walmart sells firearms in around half of its 4,700 stores in the United States. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Walmart has removed gun and ammunition from display in thousands of its stores across the US, citing concerns of “civil unrest.”

Customers will still be able to buy guns and ammunition on request from the retailer. It is not clear yet how long firearms will be removed.

Walmart sells firearms in around half of its 4,700 stores in the United States.

The decision comes after police shot Walter Wallace Jr, an African American, in Philadelphia triggered protests that saw some shops looted.

The family of the victim says he was suffering a mental health crisis when officers opened fire on him, but police say they shot Mr Wallace Jr because he would not drop a knife.

Walmart also withdrew ammunition and guns from some outlets in June after stores were damaged during protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

In a statement on Thursday, the retail giants spokesman Kory Lundberg said: “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.”

Walmart stopped sales of some types of ammunition last year, that can be used in assault-style weapons, and those used in handguns. This decision was taken followed shootings, including an assault at one of its stores in Texas, that left 22 dead.

In 2015, it stopped selling assault-style weapons.

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