In the wake of a massacre in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas last month that left 22 people dead – and other mass shootings including this weekend’s attack in Odessa, Texas – Walmart said on Tuesday it would discontinue sales of ammunition for handguns and short-barrel rifles.
While short-barrel ammunition is commonly used for hunting, they can also be used in military-style weapons with high-capacity magazines.
Walmart — the largest U.S. arms retailer — also said it would discontinue handgun sales in Alaska… the only state that Walmart sells these guns.
Walmart has already ended sales of assault rifles and raised the minimum age for gun purchases to 21 but was under pressure to do more after El Paso and the recent deaths of two employees shot by another associate at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi.
In a letter to associates, Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the incidents are so concerning that WalMart is quote: "requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where “open carry” is permitted." Despite Tuesday’s changes - The retailer said it would continue to cater to hunting and sport shooting enthusiasts by selling long barrel deer rifles and shotguns.