Gun rights activists in Texas are testing Walmart's request not to open stores, which is exactly what it does.
David Amad, Vice President of Open Carry Texas, told The New York Times that 38,000 members of his group were openly carrying their weapons at Walmart stores, as the retailer announced last week that "with Respect asks "Customers no longer search for openly brought guns in his stores.
He said none of the members who did so were asked to leave.
"They overcome the problem," Amad tells the Times. "They try to make hatred leave them alone, while leaving us alone when we carry them to their stores."
A Walmart spokesman told The Hill that employees were not instructed to contact with peaceful buyers who can carry rifles in areas where hunting is popular. The goal is to maintain a "non-confrontational approach," the spokesman said, referring to the language of Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillion, used in last week's announcement.
However, a spokesman stated that the company provided guidance for store managers if the customer made employees or customers uncomfortable. Managers are expected to take the recommended protocol for different situations, which in some cases may mean calling the law enforcement agencies.
Walmart's decision to ask gun owners not to carry open firearms in their stores after the August shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas left 22 dead.
The decision stalled from the direct ban on weapons in stores and is a similar approach to that taken by other retailers, including Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Target and Starbucks.
Costco is the only retailer in the Top 30 of the largest retailers in the US to ban firearms, based on interviews conducted by The Hill last week.
Stores may lawfully restrict the carrying of handguns to their private property.