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Last year, Walmart said it would raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21 and remove products similar to style rifles, such as airsoft guns and toys, from the inventory. The company said in a statement that it made the decision "in light of recent events" – an inevitable reference to the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.
was an unusual acknowledgment from Walmart, which has often attributed its changing positions in sales force to market factors, even when other problems are present.
Walmart was late in the game in 1993 when it decided to stop selling small arms. Other major retailers such as Sears and JC Penney had pulled firearms off their shelves years earlier.
That year, national rates of murders of violence and violent weapons crimes reached a record high, according to the Pew Research Center. Representatives for Walmart said the company ended the sale of small arms in its 2,000 stores because market research showed that people felt "uncomfortable" with seeing guns appear along with clothing and household items.
Although stores continued to carry shotguns and rifles, some were concerned that the move would erode the legacy of Walton, who died the year before. "It was something Sam liked, a reflection of him, and they want to look at it as taking something from the tradition of Walmart," Walter Loeb, president of Loeb Associates Inc, a retail consulting firm, told The New York
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Another big move came in 2006 when Walmart announced that it would stop selling firearms at all, except one-third of its US stores, which were around 3,000 at that time. Again, the company said the decision was market-controlled, citing "reduced customer relevance" in the suburban and urban areas where Walmart expanded. And again, hunting and firearm enthusiasts expressed concern that the company was drifting away from the outdoor roots.
Just two years later, Walmart made it more difficult to buy firearms in stores that still sold them. The company signed a plan led by then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg who created a computerized purchase log, introduced stringent inventory controls, and set up systems to film every firearm sale.
Bloomberg-supported news site
Trace covering arms in America, said the move made Walmart's policies tougher than the federal government's background checks.
But when the economic recession hit in 2009, Walmart's sales fell. And after a five-year hiatus at most of its locations, the company began filling up shelves with shotguns, rifles and ammunition, as reported by the
Wall Street Journal in 2011.
It was a part of a larger push to bring back "heritage categories" as sewing and outdoor gear following Walmart's attempt to bring more "exclusive" products back, according to
The Journal . The sales of tufts also increased at that time, partly driven by fear of regulation by a democratic administration. Half of Walmart's nearly 4,000 stores, including some in urban areas, began selling firearms again.
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In 2012, following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Walmart resisted calls to stop selling assault rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15, which a shooter used to massacre children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But the company removed a list on the victim's weapons sensitivity website, a spokeswoman told CNN at the time.
During the weeks following the attack, semi-automatic rifles were sold at Walmart locations around the country. . The company even had to fund ammunition sales following Barack Obama's re-election.
However, three years and many mass shootings later, Walmart stopped selling AR-15 and similar weapons. The announcement came the same day as a television journalist and her videographer was shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia. Walmart said the decision was not related to that incident or other high-profile shootings.
"This is done solely on what the customer need was," said company spokeswoman Kory Lundberg. "Instead, we are focusing on hunting and firearms for athletes."
Some retail experts were skeptical, including retail consultant Burt Flickinger, who said the decision to drop assault rifles reflected a leadership that was watching social issues. "It shows that Walmart in this decade is quite different from the previous four decades," Flickinger said at the time.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who has been leading the company since 2014, has emphasized that he wants to accommodate hunting and sports shooting – things Walton liked.
"Our focus when it comes to firearms should be hunters and people shooting sports camps and such," he told CNN in 2015. "We believe in serving these customers, we have had it for a long time, and we We believe we should continue to do so. "
This message came up again last year. In February 2018, two weeks after the Parkland mass shooting, Walmart said in a statement that it had" taken the opportunity to review our firearms policy. "
" Our legacy as a company has always been to serve athletes and hunters, "It's called in the statement," and we will continue to do so responsibly. "
It is unclear about Walmart in El Paso sold firearms at the time of the shooting, or where the suspect obtained the weapon. 
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