Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from displays across hundreds of its U.S. locations, citing risks from civil unrest as the election nears.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” a Walmart spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.
The retail chain sent a letter on Wednesday to store managers at its 4,700 U.S. stores telling them to pull guns and ammo from store displays “due to the current unrest in isolated areas of the country and out of an abundance of caution.” The products are still available for purchase upon request, according to WSJ.
Walmart has emptied out its firearm displays numerous times in the past, citing similar issues.
Renewed rioting broke out in Philadelphia on Monday and has continued throughout the week after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr., a black man who was allegedly threatening officers with a knife. Numerous stores have been busted into and looted and dozens of police officers have been injured trying to contain and stop the violence. Read more…