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Walmart: World’s largest gun retailer to place limits on ammunition purchases


Walmart: World’s largest gun retailer to place limits on ammunition purchases

Walmart stores are recognized as both the world’s largest retailer, and the world’s largest gun seller. Which is why a new policy by the Arkansas based corporation on Jan. 24 to limit ammunition purchases for customers will have wide ranging affects on both supply, and prices for all gun retailers around the country.

Bentonville-based Walmart is making changes to its ammunition policy.

According to a company spokesperson, the world’s largest retailer is now limiting the amount of ammunition one can purchase.

Starting this week, Walmart customers are limited to buying three boxes of ammo per day.

Walmart reps say limited stock is the reason behind the new policy. –



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  1. $13614178

    January 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Sam Walton is dead , apparently his heirs aren’t the true patriot he was .

    • mbecker908

      January 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      You MAY be reading too much into this policy, see below.

    • Steven

      February 2, 2013 at 7:51 am

      I actually MET Sam. He would have set a similar limit for EXACTLY the reason stated. It is not about limiting ammunition purchases. It is about MAXIMIZING the number of people that can purchase ammunition.

  2. Henry

    January 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    It already is happening in Miami, Florida for the last week.

  3. mbecker908

    January 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I was in Walmart today. Bought 3 boxes (150 rounds) of 32 auto. They had no inventory in 9mm, 40cal, 45, 357, 38 or 38 sp. 32 was the only pistol ammo they had I bought half their inventory. Didn’t see any rifle ammo either.

    • Dan Oblak

      February 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Same shelf here. Funny, for the longest time I couldn’t find .32 anywhere near me, and WalMart was the first to start stocking it (though they never kept up with demand until about a year ago). Now, shot shells and my .32 have been the only thing consistently available — until more people start carrying my favorite EDC (Keltec P32), I guess!

  4. Winston

    January 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    And how will Walmart track the sales if they are cash purchases? Will they be recording and databasing names, addresses,etc.?

  5. Docs357

    January 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Walmart should go to commie land and take obozo. It’s time we had a patriot back in Walmart and the White House too. Enough control.

  6. donl

    January 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    They are being Bullied by the obama (communist) regime. There’s NO doubt in my mind at all !!!

  7. Folly67

    January 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    FU Walmart. Not ever shopping there again.

    • Veteran

      January 31, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      I agree. I now buy larger amounts online and can get almost the same prices, sent to my door and don’t have to pay my state’s 6.5% sales tax! That savings covers the UPS charges and I can get a much greater variety of ammo. Natchez, Cheaper than Dirt, etc.

  8. JayCee

    January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    They package ammo in boxes of fifty rounds, so will Wallyworld start selling in boxes of 10 or less ?

  9. dankster

    January 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    i don’t like it but i can see their point. when it comes to ammo, every walmart that i’ve been in lately is basically out, so i can understand the limit. no one can deny there’s been a run on guns and ammo and both are in short supply. the question is this; manufactures of arms and ammo will eventually catch up with the increased demand and the shortage will go away; is this limit going to disappear also? i would really like to know because if not, i think i’ll invest in a re-loader. i mean without bullets, the best gun in the world an’t nothing but a club. government knows that just like every one else.

  10. MRD

    January 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    To a point I like this. Walmart has the best prices and is where, being fairly frugal, I buy my ammo. I don’t see any sense in buying a box of 50 rounds of 9mm Luger for $25 when I can get the same here for $15. I was told by a clerk that the shelves are restocked nightly but the ammo is gone with the first or second buyer. So by the time I get my rearend there it is all gone but a few shotgun shells. I did notice too that the prices have shot up. Price gouging, maybe? Or just good ole capitalism.
    But then again, I do not like the way companies are bending over to BHO and ilk.

    • $26222150

      January 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      “I did notice too that the prices have shot up. Price gouging, maybe? Or just good ole capitalism.” No, that would be the natural market effect of supply and demand. Basic economics. Study up.

  11. edro3111

    January 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Close friend of mine bought 4 boxes of .223 today at our local Walmart Superstore. Maybe they just forgot!

  12. Patriotsrn1

    January 31, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    This is not just Wal-Mart trying to Limit your Purchases of Ammo, they are making sure individuals don’t come in and Buy up ALL the Available Ammo in a Store! This Happened at a Wal-Mart near me where a man came in and Spent just under $3,000.00 buying up ALL of that Days Shipment of Ammo! This left me and others without a Chance to Buy the Ammo We need!!! With Limited Availability of Ammo caused by others doing this and with the US Government Purchase of over 1.5 Billion Rounds of Ammo through various Gov Depts, it going to be near impossible for Average Gun Owners to get Replacement Practice Ammo without this Restriction in Place!!! Remember this is a 3 Box Limit and some Boxes hold from 20, 50, 100 to 250+ Rounds!

    • wildturkey

      January 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      You are correct. As soon as supplies rebound the limitations will be lifted I am sure.

    • medic2003

      February 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      I believe they are being upfront about their reasoning. My local gun shop, which is very fair about everything, limits us to 2 boxes of ammo a day and when we buy primers it is 500 a day per person. The owner is doing this to make sure everyone that wants to buy this stuff has a reasonable chance. When there isnt a supply issue we buy all we want. This happened the last time the Kenyan got elected.(read crammed on us illegally)

      • Kestrel Blackfeather

        February 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        My local shop limits people to 5 boxes per day for the same reasons.

        It’s funny. Obama and his cronies don’t want guns in the hands of the people, so they pass some bad legislation and now EVERYONE has a gun or is trying their hardest to get one. Sales through the roof. The unintended consequences of being stupid, I suppose.

    • Franklin Cromer

      February 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Walmart did this before a few years ago…when there actually was a shortage of ammo. Now? I am not too sure.

  13. foxxybey

    January 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Wal-Mart should be boycotted for this, if they won’t sell you what you want, then don’t buy anything there.

  14. James Fontana

    January 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I just placed a limit on purchases from Wal-Mart as if it would make a difference.

  15. kellen m

    January 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    you guys are taking this a bit too seriously. they are just trying to prevent that one guy who never stocked any ammo up from screwing the rest of us who have a stock and just want to buy a box or two to go and shoot. they’ll remove it once all the craziness subsides, if we can ever get obama out of the whitehouse.

    • Wayne Klotz

      February 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      i dont see obama getting out of the white house in my lifetime.

      • pointdan

        February 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        I agree. BHO man ain’t leaving voluntarily – not in 2016, not never.
        He will have to be “removed” . . . .

  16. USAR RET.

    January 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    They did this several years ago. It keeps one person from buying it all so others can get a supply also. They went back to no limit once the supply caught up with the demand, good policy for all.


    January 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I just spent 6 hours at crossroads of the west gun show in Ca. In line waiting for whatever the bulk ammo dealer had left in stock (no 223) at all, prices sky high on all. This shortage will continue for the forseable future.
    thank you BHO

  18. 9Spoon9

    January 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Bring your friends and get yours here another person’s at another location if you live in an area large enough to have more than 1 store in reasonable distance. Repeat for the other team members…IF Wal-Mart ever gets enough of a steady flow to actually have much of anything in stock! I just want a brick of good-quality .22LRs for an upcoming family day with BBQ. Darn sure can’t afford center fire ammo and I’m not burning what little I have even in the name of Family enjoyment.

  19. Mr. Conservative

    February 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

    While I am not happy with the overall lack of ammo, I have seen why Walmart had to implement this policy for the time being. I stopped by my 2 local stores and the shelves were nearly empty except for a few boxes of 12 and 20 gauge shotgun shells. Everything else was completely gone! No 22, 38, 380, 45, 357, 9mm, 223, etc. Nothing at all for over 2 weeks! It’s a supply and demand thing, every time a democrat opens their mouth about gun control, there is a rush to the nearest Walmart to clean the shelves. BHO and Diane Frankfeinstein have been the best thing to ever happen to the firearm industry! They simply cannot keep up with the demand!

  20. Garry

    February 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Just look at this as we did the long fuel lines in the Jimmy Carter days. They had quantity limits on gasoline and whether you could buy gas was determined by your license plate number ending with even or odd. Supply and Demand. Put the blame where it belongs, and in this case, it aint Wal-Mart

  21. Jeffery Wood

    February 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Have you tried to buy any ammo (besides shotgun shells) from ANY Walmart? Good luck!

  22. John Spencer

    February 1, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’ve never known any of my local Walmarts to have more than a few boxes of any caliber ammo on the shelf. Last time I went in, though, was an exception and I did buy four boxes (100 rounds each) of .45. Maybe I should have bought the other boxes of .45 as well, and also the (half dozen?) boxes of .40. However, I don’t really like spending that much at once so I didn’t. Now thinking that was a mistake.
    I know we have an ammo shortage at the moment, but Walmart really should put more on the shelf when they can get it.
    Stores could sell a maximum of ten rounds per person per day, and it still would not take long for the maniac to gather together enough for a massacre. And this would severely impact law abiding range goers who shoot more per typical rang visit than the maniacs do in each typical massacre. Ammo control (like all gun control) will do nothing but penalise the law abiding.

  23. crusader2010

    February 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Bid deal! They never have any .22LR or .38 ammo in the case anyway.

  24. Dan from Ohio

    February 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    here in ohio Walmart already has a sign placed where its ammo is supposed to be.The employee told me they were not allowed,at the present, to order more ammo,9mm,223,22L are all sold out

    • Steven

      February 2, 2013 at 7:59 am

      The employee you quote LIED. The inventory management system AUTOMATICALLY reorders. The issue is that there is not anywhere near enough supply to fill the orders.

  25. Saltporkdoc

    February 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    This is NOT a new policy! It is a policy which was used in the past and has merely been “dusted off” for re-use! Several years ago, when there was the last big run on ammo, the SAME policy was authorized by corporate. How do I know this? I was the Sporting Goods Department manager and FFL licensee (along with the Store Manager) in a Walmart which then sold firearms and ammo. I had to institute the policy then and then rescind it when Stock finally built up and stabilized!
    I’ve been saying all along, since the reports of the massive purchases by the federal government and it various agencies, this is a coordinated effort by the most anti-american, anti-constitutional, anti-populace, anti 2nd Amendment administration to overburden the manufacturers and suppliers to drive up prices of both firearms and ammo as well as to dry up the supply of both!

  26. Red_Neckerson

    February 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Walked through Sporting Goods department at Walmart in Greensboro, NC- interesting that the have a full line of AR15 furniture but no AR15s. Profiting from the hysteria.
    Plus they were out of all useful calibers of ammunition.


    February 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Too late Walmart. I’ve already placed a limit on how much ammo I can buy. It is based on a formula. Basically, I never buy more at one time than I can carry. Is there a limit on how many pairs of scissors we can buy?

  28. Jay

    February 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I hear that in NY they’re only selling 7 round boxes. 🙂

    • Franklin Cromer

      February 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Ha! Ha! Good one Jay! Made my day!

    • Casmige

      February 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Actually, it’s 7 round limit or a max of 16 ounces (No refills): which ever comes first

  29. tom

    February 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Does this mean if I purchase a box of shotgun shells, 25 I can get 3-25 round boxes, but then I can purchase a 4 box carton X 3 equals 12 single boxes???

  30. jamohio

    February 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Its about time!! I certainly wouldn’t want to be the only person on the block with working guns!!

  31. lcjones

    February 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Practice I guess is okay BUT DO NOT bet you life or property on Wally World ammo.

  32. GridRider

    February 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Have you tried to FIND certain types of ammo recently? This has absolutely nothing to do with politics, it is all about supply.

  33. pointdan

    February 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Limited Stock ?? OK we believe you BUT we will be watching Walmart.
    Don’t be messin with We the People.

  34. Dixie

    February 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This not right. It against our amendments because we have a right have many ammos we wanted. this country supposed be freedom. This is unbelievable. That why scared people away buy more ammos always running out. It not fair to our people.

  35. Joe Wommack

    March 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Wal Mart to limit ammo sales,because of limited ammo supply!!! I doubt that, the gun store I buy from has ammo all over the place,any cal/mm you want,no limit.

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