Why Is Walmart Ending AR-15 Sales?

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Walmart said recently that it will stop selling semiautomatic rifles, including AR-15s, in what the retail giant says is a decision related to slumping demand — not politics.

In a June 23 interview with CNNMoney (see video at bottom), Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon had indicated he might do this.

“Our focus in terms of firearms should be hunters and people who shoot sporting clays, and things like that,” said McMillon in June. “So the types of rifles we sell, the types of ammunition we sell, should be curated for those things.” When asked if he would discontinue sales of semiautomatic long guns, McMillon said, “Yes.” He added, “We want to serve people who hunt and fish and we want to have a great sporting goods department.” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told Bloomberg Business, “If you have a product customers aren’t buying, you phase it out,” he said. Shoppers “were buying shotguns and rifles, and so we are increasing assortment in that.” AR-15s and other modern sporting rifles were being sold at less than a third of the company’s 4,600 U.S. stores. Lundberg said the decision by Walmart Stores Inc. was not political, and the Bentonville, Arkansas–based retailer would sell down its remaining AR inventory to zero as stores transition from summer to fall merchandise.

Sale ends July 28, 2019

Sale ends July 28, 2019

The store’s assertion that it is making the change because of business reasons has some credence, because the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently found for the retailer in an AR-15 related court case, Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart. The court’s unanimous opinion rejected the anti-gun activist church’s efforts to stop Walmart from selling semiauto rifles.

Despite that loss in court, the church is now praising Walmart’s decision to stop selling ARs: “Trinity Church is very pleased to hear that Wal-Mart will no longer sell the kinds of weapons that have caused such devastation and loss in communities across our country,” Rev. William Lupfer, the church’s rector, said in a statement.

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Comments (176)

  1. Well I agree with the rest. Now when those freeloading bastards that were dumb enough to have elected Usabama , go and put Hillary in power theñ ßhe will have so many people on welfare voting Democrap that it will insure a 100 yr Reich by the dems and the eventual banning of all firearm ownership in the US!! That will be the start!!!! We will be saying ” Seig heil mein Fraufeurer” as the democrats become the Democratic socialist party. I’m an American emailing from Dresden Germany they got protests for and against the Syrian Refugees kindal looking bad outside and I’m hearing teargas shots going off hope we ßtill keep out rights!!!!!! VOTE REPUBLICAN only DONALD TRUMP CAN SAVE US!!!!!

  2. None of that crap would go over my state. If any retailer tries to pull that BS, there will be a good ol’ fashioned country ass kicking❗️

  3. I recently bought (almost) ammo for my carry (legal CCW) at Turners Outdoorsman in Chino Hills CA. They charge more but they had what I wanted. The salesman carries your ammo up to the checkout, you don’t get to touch it. The topper was the girl wanted all my info, name, address, phone, DL number and even SSN. I asked why and she said it was the companies and the City of Chino hills policy. I walked out without buying anything. They don’t need this info for a few hundred rounds of 45ACP and 9MM. They have lost all my business for good.

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