Transcript for Walmart changes gun policy in wake of El Paso shooting
Yeah, robin, we turn to Walmart's big move against guns. They have announced they will stop selling ammunition using assault type rifles including one in El Paso that left 22 people dead and Rebecca Jarvis has the story. This is a very significant move by Walmart. Not just the largest private employer in the country, but also the largest retailer with 4,000 storefronts. Now CEO Doug Mcmillan taking a stand on gun violence in America. This morning, the head of the nation's largest retailer addressing gun violence head on. Walmart's CEO Doug Mcmillan writing in a letter, it's clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable. Promising the company will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition, discontinue sales of handgun ammunition and discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, the last state where Walmart currently sells them. The move comes amid a surge in mass shootings in America including this weekend when seven people were killed by a shooter in Texas. This summer Walmart itself has been at the center of several gun-related incidents. One month ago, 22 people killed by a gunman in a hate-filled attack at an El Paso Walmart. A few days prior, two Walmart workers were killed in this store in Mississippi with a fellow employee charged in the shooting and in August, an armed 20-year-old was charged for making terrorist threats after he entered the store carrying a rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition. Many anti-begun activists applauding the move but the NRA called it shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of anti-gun elites. The CEO -- it was passed by the house in February, but has been stalled in the senate. Majority leader Mitch Mcconnell saying Tuesday he's waiting on the president. If the president took a position on a bill so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I'd be happy to put it on the floor. Reporter: Walmart currently sells 2% of firearms in the U.S. And one in every five bullets and it isn't the first retailer to curb gun sales. In March of last year, after the parkland, Florida, school shooting, dick's sporting goods stopped selling have salt-style weapons in some of its stores. The CEO talking about the decision with "Gma" last year. We felt we really needed to do something and so we've decided not to sell these assault weapons any longer in any of our stores. Reporter: Still most guns sold here in the U.S. Are sold through private, independent dealers and at gun shows. Walmart is also offering to help the smaller retailers offering to give away for free its software which runs compliance checks. Meantime, other big retailers are feeling this pressure if that's right. Major grocery chain Kroger asked its customers yesterday to stop openly carrying guns. They're also calling on lawmakers to strengthen background checks and you see more and more pressure, George, coming not only from shareholders and outsiders but also employees calling on their companies to do more. They don't feel safe at work. More of a public role, okay, thanks very much.
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