In a strong gun market, Walmart has decided to stop selling AR-15’s and will, over time, curtail sales of semi-automatic guns. CNNMoney is reporting that a Walmart spokesperson attributes the move to declining demands for these products. Do you believe him or is Walmart just falling in line with a political trend?
CNN – Walmart () spokesman Kory Lundberg said the move is in response to slumping demand.
Background checks aren’t a direct indicator of gun sales, since they are not required for some sales at trade shows and between individuals. But they are a good barometer for the market.
AR-15s have been used in mass shootings including Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., and gun control advocates have long been fighting to restrict the sale of these weapons.
Walmart made the announcement on the same day that two television journalists were murdered on live television by a man wielding a handgun, but the retailer did not mention the shootings.
Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon had indicated he might do this in a June 23 interview with CNNMoney.
“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 at the time if he would curtail sales of semiautomatic guns, McMillon said “yes.”
“We want to serve people who hunt and fish and we want to have a great sporting goods department,” he said.
Truthfully, people can buy quality AR-15’s at places other than Walmart. This move could affect ammunition availability in a major way!