Walmart to Stop Selling AR-15s & Semi-Auto Rifles/Shotguns

Walmart has confirmed rumors that they are stopping the sale of all AR-15s, as well as a number of semi-auto rifles and shotguns at all of their stores.

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart, the nation’s largest seller of firearms and ammunition, is claiming the move is because of sluggish sales, but with a record number of firearms sold over the last couple of years it seems hard to believe that this decision was anything but politically motivated.

Kory Lundberg, a spokesman for the world’s largest retailer, claims “This is done solely on what customer demand was.” He went on to say that “We are instead focusing on hunting and sportsman firearms.”

In 2012, Walmart briefly pulled AR-15s off of store shelves after the Sandy Hook Shootings. A year later they joined Joe Biden at the White House to discuss how they could help President Obama’s gun-safety task force tighten gun control laws.

Walmart Joins Michael Bloomberg in Gun Control Push

Earlier this year, Walmart announced new rules for gun sales at all of their stores. J.P. Suarez, the chief compliance officer for Walmart Stores, appeared with outspoken gun control advocate Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to announce the new rules at a gathering of Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The agreement between Wal-Mart and the group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, included putting policies in place that will keep detailed records, beyond federal requirements, on anyone who purchases a gun at Walmart. They also agreed to film and store video surveillance footage of anyone purchasing guns in their stores.

The end of AR15s at Walmart

Walmart Sports Department Gun Display

Walmart has made the decision to sell out their remaining inventory; once the firearms are sold they will no longer carry the semi-automatic rifles in any of their 4,500 stores.

20 Comments

  1. J.
    August 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I dont agree with it but they have every rt too. Goes back too the Chattanooga shootings. Instead of focusing on how too do away with the sales of firearms why arent these companies promoting firearms training and ccw courses. Safety. Home defense. My main thought with all of these shootings is why isnt there a liscensed carry permit holder atleast attempting to stop the threat. It should be more of a training and arming polite respectable members of society than taking away the rights and ability to own the firearms. I love walmart. Now not so much. Not acceptable too give into unconstitutional demands and influence from the govt.

    • CM Dutch
      August 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      somebody needs to remind Walmart what happened to KMart after they pulled firearms from their stores – I still refuse to spend any $$ there.

      • SNIPER
        August 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

        No more of my money going to wally world.

        • yogurt
          September 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

          Wonder if they R not going 2 carry ammo & License. All I get there is Frozen Yogurt

      • nightstalkerh
        October 5, 2015 at 5:32 am

        Right there with you!!!!! Wally get’s no more of my Money.. P.O.S Business

  2. Joe
    August 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    This is going to hurt the manufacturers quite a bit. Seems like a plot to take down the companies who make these products since Walmart is the largest seller.

    • SNIPER
      August 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

      They don’t sell enough to even make a dent in any brand hat they carried.

      • Al
        August 29, 2015 at 5:08 am

        This move by WalMart seems to me to be a bonus for all the independant gun dealers and Mom and Pop sporting goods. Along with offending honest sportsmen, they seem to be cutting themselves off at the knees with Any outdoor sales, including fishing and camping supplies. That’s the result of a private company getting emboiled in a polical agends.

        • SNIPER
          August 29, 2015 at 6:42 am

          Well said Al, it is thier store let them sell what they want, but it’s my money and i’ll spend it where i want.

  3. Chish
    August 27, 2015 at 5:15 am

    There are 2 WMarts within 10 miles of me. Neither one has ever offered any selection of firearms, rarely have any ammo and nobody ever manning the sales counter. So basically, who cares?

    • Carl
      August 27, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Good observations Chish. Everything is locked up and you have to walk a quarter of a mile asking for help. No ammo that most people need to purchase, limits set for 22 L.R. ammo, and then the sales person has to babysit you and carry the weapon out the front door while you look like and idiot following them through the store and out the door. Like you stated, “Who Cares”. The workers and the customers are “Out There”. Wal Mart Sucks.

  4. Joe Okaski
    August 28, 2015 at 8:31 am

    BOYCOTT WALMART
    BOYCOTT WALMART
    BOYCOTT WALMART

  5. Hunkerdown
    August 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I see nothing but good coming from WalMarts decision, because this will increase sales for the legitimate gun shops. But, I am also in agreement with you ladies and gentlemen: It is time to stop spending our money at Walmart. thanks

  6. Adonus
    August 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    My Walmart only sell air guns and blackpowder muzzleloaders so it is not that big of a deal here anyways. Unless they ban them too.

    • TheMageKing
      September 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Im not about to get any guns but lower tech muzzleloaders, muskets, or perhaps a shotgun. I think those guns are best compared to most. Also, who needs a semi-auto? Finally, walmart is boycotted by most pepole who can afford to do so. Farwell, suckface store.

  7. B from CA
    August 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    With so many people struggling to get by, any store offering items at a discount will survive for a long time. It’s when they get desperate to make up for slumping sales by buying lower quality and raising prices that people go elsewhere. Don’t poke fun at customers and employees, people are just people where ever you go. If I buy a firearm it will be for hunting and killing rattlesnake. It can double as protection. I wouldn’t have any interest in a semi-automatic. I just grieve the loss of the second amendment, the first amendment, the third amendment, all the other amendments, and the constitution. It was nice but nothing lasts forever.

  8. Arc
    August 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

    AR15s at walmart in my area are about $800. Absurd price when better AR15s can be had online for $450, $300 or so if you use blemished parts and catch sales!

  9. Daniel Gunday
    August 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    If the AR is not welcome at Wal-Mart then neither am I. As a former U.S. Marine, I
    have great respect for the black rifle and the countless lives it has saved. I think
    Wal-Mart has sided with the wrong group and will lose a lot of customers like my
    entire family. My wife and I ran the Wal-Mart receipts from last year and they totaled up at $9,431.00 including Sam’s Club. Groceries, tires, oil changes, (3-cars) new t.v., laptop, etc.. We have been disrespected and will never enter there businesses again! Fellow VETERANS join me… I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to give them one cent ever! SGT.PHILLIPS in Missouri

  10. Moman
    August 31, 2015 at 10:12 am

    while I would like to vacate their premises, I cannot, many items are more affordable at wally world then elsewhere, even though it is junk.

    ours still sell 62 grain 556 ammo, but the price is about the same as anywhere else, so I won’t be buying ammo from them, and hollow point defense rounds for 9mm are nearly all but gone from their shelves all they have is the +p hollow point rounds, which will wear out your barrel faster.

    oh well.. the gun store up the street has decent ammo prices and a larger selection.

  11. RR187
    September 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I work at walmart and yes we were selling AR’s very fast the first 2 years they were offered there. As they were delivered to store people waiting to buy them. And prices ranged from $550 to &1395. Offered in5.56 and .308. This last year our store hasn’t been able to get the lower priced ones so yes sales are down. And no I don’t like the decision to not sell them either.

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