WASHINGTON – The American firm Walmart, one of the largest department store chains in the world, has decided to withdraw firearms and ammunition from many of its stores due to the increase in unrest in the country, say US media.
The CNN chain explains that the firm responds with this measure to the concern that the latest protests and looting that occurred in Philadelphia this week after the death at the hands of the police of the young black Walter Wallace, in an event that is being investigated.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and, as we have done on several occasions over the years, we have removed our firearms and ammunition from the sales racks as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” said Kory Lundberg , a spokesman for Walmart, in statements collected by several local media.
It has not yet been decided when the weapons will be restocked in stores, although those responsible for the firm warn that customers can acquire them on request.
Walmart (WMT), considered the largest retailer in the United States, instituted similar measures at some of its stores in June following nationwide protests sparked by George Floyd’s death, CNN said.
The arms recall affects half of its 4,700 stores, according to The Washington Post, which claims that at least one of its stores was looted after the riots following the death of Walter Wallace, a black man whose family said he suffered. a mental health problem when he was shot.