Walmart is ready to suspend gun sales in Alaska and stop selling short-barreled rifles and pistols in stores nationwide, the super chain president and CEO announced Tuesday afternoon.
The store said it would deliver a focus on rifles and long-barreled rifles, supplying much of the ammunition they needed and providing hunting and sporting supplies and clothing, writes Doug McMillan in a note.
"We have a long inheritance as a company that serves responsible hunters and athletes and women and we will continue to do so," says McMillan.
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The announcement comes just days after the mass shooting that killed seven people in Odessa, Texas. Two other major shootings happened last month in Dayton, Ohio and in El Paso, Texas, where artillery killed 22 people at a Walmart.
In response to the shootings, Walmart also asked customers no longer to carry firearms at Sam's stores or clubs in a state where "open carry" was allowed unless law enforcement authorized it. McMillan, however, noted that the store would not change its policy and approach to concealed carry permits.
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McMillan said he would write letters to the White House and the congressional leadership to call for "action on these common sense measures."
Walmart recalled to customers that it has changed its sales policy to firearms in the past, including stopping the sale of military-style rifles such as the AR-15, raising the age limit
McMillon apologized to well-meaning customers who may be embarrassed by new policies, but said he hoped d
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"We will treat law-abiding law and have a very conflicted approach," McMillan wrote in the release. "Our priority is your safety."
Company employees also said they would add signboards to stores to notify customers of changes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.