BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The nation’s largest retailer announced Tuesday it will stop selling handgun ammunition as well as .223 and 5.56-caliber ammunition, commonly used in military-style weapons.
The decision comes a month after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and shot dead 22 people while injuring 24 others.
The handgun and other two calibers of ammunition will discontinue once current inventory commitments are sold, Walmart said in a news release.
“We want what’s best for our customers, our associates and our communities,” the release says. “In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again. The status quo is unacceptable.”
The National Rifle Association released the following statement regarding Walmart’s decision:
“The strongest defense of freedom has always been our free-market economy. It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America’s fundamental freedoms.
“The truth is Walmart’s actions today will not make us any safer. Rather than place the blame on the criminal, Walmart has chosen to victimize law-abiding Americans. Our leaders must be willing to approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty.”