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, 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 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.