Story at a glance
- Iconic superstore Walmart relocates firearms and ammunition in some stores as protests continue nationwide.
- The chain clarified that its inventory will still be available for purchase.
Walmart announced on Wednesday that it has relocated its firearms and ammunition inventory off the sales floor in some U.S. stores amid protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died during an arrest by police officers in Minneapolis.
“As a responsible seller of hunting and sporting firearms, we have temporarily removed firearms and ammunition from the sales floor in some stores out of an abundance of caution. Those items are available for purchase, but are being stored in a secure room,” the retailer said in an official statement.
The chain confirmed the move has been implemented in stores across the country.
Last year, Walmart stopped selling ammunition for handguns and select assault rifles in its U.S. stores amid calls for stronger gun control. It reportedly does not sell firearms in major urban locations due to looting issues.
Some stores — both larger conglomerates and locally owned businesses — have experienced burglaries and looting as perpetrators take advantage of the civil rights protests occurring in many U.S. cities.
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