The company stops selling cartridges for pistols and certain types of rifles throughout the United States.
The leadership of the largest US retailer Walmart announced Tuesday to stop selling cartridges for guns and some types of assault rifles in all stores in the United States.
Walmart, the largest US arms seller, has been under intense pressure for some time. The chain was forced to give in to the demands and announced the end of gun sales in Alaska, the only state in which guns can be bought in supermarkets owned by the chain.
Walmart has previously stopped selling assault rifles and raised the minimum age to buy weapons to 21. The network will now focus on sales of hunting weapons – deer rifles, shotguns, and related ammunition.
The company stops selling all types of cartridges for pistols and certain types of ammunition for short-barreled rifles, for example, calibers .223 and 5.56. At the same time, sales will finally stop only after buyers purchase weapons already offered for sale. Cartridges for short-barreled hunting rifles can also be used for military rifles with magazines of greater capacity.
The retail chain said the moves are linked to the deaths of 22 people during a mass shooting at a Walmart store in Texas, as well as other shootings that have occurred in Ohio and Texas over the past few weeks. Last month, the company said it was not going to change its policy in the field of sales of firearms. The company estimates that Walmart’s share of the ammunition sales market will fall from 20% to 6% – 9% as a result, and will decline in the future.