Walmart is removing guns and ammunition from store shelves across the USA, citing "isolated civil unrest", according to reports. Customers can still purchase guns and ammunition upon request, but the store will not have the products on display on the sales floor.
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"We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years", a Walmart spokesperson told the newspaper.
In a letter to store managers Tuesday, Walmart asked staff to pull guns from shelves "due to the current unrest in isolated areas of the country and out of an abundance of caution".
Walmart made a a similar move in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd that set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans.
The nation's biggest retailer remains a major seller of guns and ammunition, although it has scaled back, selling firearms in roughly half of its 4,700 USA stores.
The company also ended the sale of handguns in Alaska, the last state where stores still carried them.
Firearms purchases appear to be soaring in the U.S. Background checks to purchase guns have surpassed 28.8 million in 2020, already more than a year ago, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation database.
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