Walmart removes guns, ammo displays in US stores amid civil unrest

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FILE – This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart is spreading out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November 2020 in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Walmart has removed guns and ammo from its store shelves in response to the unrest in Philadelphia this week following the death of Walter Wallace.

The retail giant confirmed to news to NewsNation.

“It’s important to note that we only sell firearms in approximately half of our stores, primarily where there are large concentrations of hunters, sportsmen and sportswomen. 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. These items do remain available for purchase by customers.”

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The retailer aims to “head off any potential theft of firearms if stores are broken into amid social unrest,” according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The company made a similar decision in June amid nationwide protests. It’s not clear how long this change will last.

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