Walmart Fires A Scattershot At Your Gun Rights

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Walmart Caves To Anti-Gun Groups, iStock-494315703

Fayetteville, AR -(AmmoLand.com)-Following up on the 2015 decision to stop selling various semiautomatic rifles deemed icky by gun control advocates, Walmart announced on Tuesday (3 September 2019) that the chain’s stores will cease selling rifle ammunition that can be used in “military-style weapons” and will no longer stock handgun ammunition or sell handguns anywhere.

In addition, customers will be asked not to carry firearms openly in Walmart or Sam’s Club stores. These changes are being made in response to several mass shootings in recent months.

Legal open carry—sort of, since the law is unclear—came to the whole of Arkansas a few years ago (it had been legal in Van Buren all along), and it was in a Sam’s Club that I first saw someone taking advantage of the new law in this state. The recent incident in Springfield, Missouri, may have suggested an alteration of store policy to the corporation’s headquarters.

The influence of gun control pressure groups was undoubtedly a factor as well. But there are a couple of points that Walmart should bear in mind.

For one thing, while the stores exist in many places around the country, there are a lot more in gun-friendly states than in areas that seek to curtail gun rights. Refusing to sell products that customers want is an odd business strategy with the best example being DICKS Sporting Goods, though it’s been my experience that store managers often have more excuses than items on my shopping list. But more importantly to Walmart’s bottom line, I can’t see that pandering to gun control advocates is going to aid the corporation’s entry into markets that already don’t want them in. Keeping current customers is at least as important as a desperate gamble to win over reluctant new ones.

The opposition to Walmart in many small towns is their effect on local businesses. The big fish enters a pond, swallows the competition, leaving business districts littered with closed stores and communities with higher rates of unemployment. Now it’s easy to shrug and say that this is just capitalism, but it is, in fact, an illustration of how monopolies damage-free markets. A corporation like Walmart can drive out alternatives and then declare that what they sell is what we can buy. This ties into efforts to ban online sales of ammunition. Gun control advocates don’t want us to buy rounds in bulk, and they create the impression that they want to impose artificial limits on what we’re able to obtain, period. Walmart is enabling this goal—whether intentionally or ignorantly is for them to admit to.

On a positive side, this move by Walmart can benefit small business gun shops, and it’s a pleasant thought that people who are dedicated to providing goods and services specifically to the gun community will be rewarded. At the same time, being able to buy ammunition on the lower end of the price spectrum right now as opposed to waiting for the boxes to be delivered is also a good thing, and Walmart’s decision takes away one outlet for that.

As I said above, my experience is that Walmart store managers have been less than helpful with regard to products that they can’t be bothered to keep stocked, but those have been times when my annoyance was a lonely experience. If enough of us express our discontent in person and on social media, the corporation could be made to listen. Their sales numbers are large enough in enough product areas that they likely wouldn’t notice a boycott, but a constant reminder that they’ve made a poor choice, especially when such reminders are done in public, may push them in the right direction.


About Greg CampGreg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

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RoyD
RoyD
10 months ago

I wonder what their reaction would be to shopping in the store with a bandolier full of dozens of rounds of rifle, pistol or shotgun ammo would be? No gun, just ammo, lots of ammo.

a.x. perez
a.x. perez
10 months ago

Several irresponsible people thought it was funny to walk into Wal-Mart stores carrying AR-15’s and causing fear and consternation. Wal-Mart responded to that nonsense with a ban of open carry in their stores. I only hope the bums had the seats of their pants warmed up with peach switches to stimulate the myelination of their brains. Meanwhile shoppers are still free to carry concealed if they are concerned for their safety at Wal-Mart. Seeing as Wal-Mart is being sued by wounded survivors of the El Paso Massacre for failure to provide adequate security I’d recommend carrying concealed. Of more concern… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
10 months ago
Reply to  a.x. perez

You say several people. I only know of the one in Missouri. Can you point out the other events that you say happened? As far as I know “open carry” in Oklahoma only pertains to handguns and those handguns MUST be “carried” in a holster.
As far as Wal-Mart selling ammunition, they don’t owe the “honest people” or anyone else for that matter easy access to ammunition.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
10 months ago

No open carry in South Carolina , Florida, California, Illinois and New York so their anti-gun policy is moot in those States. But now I will no longer shop the Walmart in Whiteville, NC where open carry is legal as I live near the NC border in South Carolina, or any Walmart in SC now. 50 mile round trip when I can shop local or just order online from Amazon or eBay.

Longscout
Longscout
10 months ago

WalMart has simply taken action to save itself a bookkeeping problem by ridding itself of products on which it earns its smallest returns, while signaling that they, too, are righteous. It is a cheap ploy by cheap people on the Board of Directors (smiley face here). Goodbye, Walmart.

Gdubb
Gdubb
10 months ago

Fuck Walmart. Mostly a bunch of cheap Chinese bullshit anyway. Any company pandering to communists shall not be allowed to remain in business in the US. We have the power to shut them down.

ExGob
ExGob
10 months ago

While Walmart probably doesn’t give a damn, I am serving notice that they have gotten the last copper they will ever get from me. If they don’t want my money for guns or ammo, they don’t get my money for anything else.

If the company executives are naive enough to believe that this move will be beneficial in lowering the gun crime rate, they are long overdue for an executive overhaul.

Guns and ammo will always be available and they don’t have to come from Walmart or Dick’s.

BE PREPARED!

Jim
Jim
10 months ago

It is their store(s), they can dictate the rules. You do NOT have to shop there, it is just that simple–as Dicks Sporting Goods has learned.

MBH
MBH
10 months ago

Walmart just sorta become a gun free zone. With there place in the sex traffic situation that does not sound good for lady shoppers. This will really work in favor of those creeps. Ladies beware! This opens another door. Gun free zones now makes it safer for another kind of danger.

Dave C
Dave C
10 months ago
Reply to  MBH

Wall-Mart is NOT a gun free zone, except in instances like El Paso, where the shopping center dictated. Our Wal-Mart allows concealed carry, which I am fine with, because some open carry folks were really pushing the limit, and alienated the undecideds. I was able to get a restaurant I frequent to finally allow concealed carry. We can’t accomplish that if we continuously push the envelope and piss people off.

Lee
Lee
10 months ago

I vote with my dollars. I don’t need Walmart, Walgreens, CVS or Dicks.

MBH
MBH
10 months ago
Reply to  Lee

Lee, what is the deal with Walgreens and CVS. Not heard about these 2 stores.
Thanks

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
10 months ago
Reply to  MBH

They both banned open carry. CVS banned guns completely. See thegunfeed dot comm for the articles.

24and7
24and7
10 months ago

The government loves gun free or Massacre zones…they dont care if people get slaughtered, thats what it wants.. the government wants to get those pesky tyranny resistance tools out of your hands because it knows it’s screwing up more and more..the government wants strife in the population as a distraction for its shortcomings.. As far a Walmart goes we have allowed it to become a beast we cant slay.. first come the Walmart Supercenters in every small town in the country.. they run out most businesses and grocery stores.. so people would become dependent on it… Now not only are… Read more »

xring2245
xring2245
10 months ago
Reply to  24and7

That’s a great term, “gun-free massacre zones.”

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
10 months ago
Reply to  xring2245

@xring; I use the term “target enhanced zones”.

Tionico
Tionico
10 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Certified Defenseless Victim Zones

Alan1018
Alan1018
10 months ago
Reply to  24and7

Self defense prohibited zone.

Alan1018
Alan1018
10 months ago

They may as well change their name to Dicksmart as they are on the same slippery slope.

RoyD
RoyD
10 months ago

I can think of a few cartridges for which AR-10s are chambered which are also popular “long barreled rifle” cartridges, to use Wal-Mart’s terms. It will be interesting to see if Wal-Mart follows through on their stated future ammo restrictions. We in Oklahoma have had open carry with CCW for a few years now and yet I have only seen three people open carrying handguns around town. I quit going to a popular local gun range (under new management) last October because they do not allow open carry of handguns even if you have a permit and do not draw… Read more »

wolfzatDawn
wolfzatDawn
10 months ago

Fro the Mountain towns of AZ this did not set well. We have many options such as EBay, Basha’s, Sportsman warehouse and various gun shops barely staying alive. They will thrive now. Good Bye ScumMart!

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
10 months ago

Once again, we announce GET WOKE, GO BROKE!!!

Walmart, you have chosen poorly!!

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
10 months ago

Harold isn’t just on our shitlist, he’s on our STFU & GTFO list!!!