Walmart rejected claims by Second Amendment advocates that it gave in to antigun lobbyists when it announced on Tuesday that the super chain would liquidate the sale of small arms in Alaska and the sale of short barrel rifles and small arms ammunition nationwide.
statement to Fox News, Walmart spokeswoman Randy Hargrove said the store brought "ammunition offerings in line with our firearms selection."
He added, "We focus on the hunters and sports shooting enthusiasts that we have always served."
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Company CEO Doug McMillon wrote in a note earlier Tuesday that Walmart will shift its focus to long barrel rifles and shotguns, supplying much of the ammunition they need and providing hunting and sports equipment and clothing.
"We have a long legacy as a serving company serving hunters and athletes and women, and we're going to continue with that," McMillon said.
On the day of the announcement, the embattled National Rifle Association (NRA) issued a statement saying that "the strongest defense of freedom has always been our free market economy" and that "it is shameful to see Walmart succumb to pressure from the antigun elite . "
The NRA said gun sales policy would force customers to go to competing retailers" who are more supportive of America's fundamental freedoms. "
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The change came days after a mass shooting that killed seven people in Odessa, Texas, and weeks after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio and a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Walmart also asked customers to stop carrying firearms open unless law enforcement authorized it.
Fox News & # 39; Stephen Sorace contributed to this report. [1