Walmart plans to continue to sell guns, following Texas mass shooting


The Walmart store in Amarillo Texas where one of the shootings took place on 14 June 2016

- After the deadly shooting rampage that left 22 dead in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart store on Saturday, Walmart has said that it has no plans to stop selling guns and ammunition, and that they will not be adjusting any security practices either, Bloomberg reports.

At least 20 people were killed while 24 others suffered injuries on Saturday after a man opened fire at its stores in Texas on Saturday, days after a displeased employee killed shot dead two colleagues and a police officer in its store in Mississippi.

The company spokesperson also mentioned that Walmart has paid attention to public discourse on gun violence and has initiated a ban on the sale of "modern sporting rifles" which he described as "military-style semi-automatic rifles". 'My heart aches for the community in El Paso, especially the associates and customers at store 2201 and the families of the victims, ' he wrote.

Following the shooting in El Paso, Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon posted a note on Instagram that he "can't believe it as it was second in a week". Hargrove said Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, doesn't break out data on gun sales.

Walmart, which has been selling guns for decades, has gradually tightened its gun policies in recent years.

"As an employer and a place where a huge population of very diverse people shop, it's in Walmart's interest to reiterate what it's going to do to ensure that it's employers and its customers are safe", said Kris Brown, president of gun violence prevention advocacy group Brady. Guns Down America, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control policies, is calling on Walmart to stop selling firearms and to offer gun buybacks to its customers.

"Walmart has a history of moving in the right direction, but what happened in El Paso shows they need to go further", executive director Igor Volsky, said.

Walmart again changed its gun policies in 2018 shortly after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February 2018 that killed 17 students and staff members.

"Hey @Walmart! This would be a great opportunity for you to take a true leadership position and stop selling guns", actress Alyssa Milano said in response to a Walmart company tweet saying it was "in shock" over the tragic events in Texas.

The company's founder Sam Walton loved guns so much so that he named a hunting rifle after him.

"We know our programme works", he said.

Walmart still sells rifles. Walmart did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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