By: Ana Chauhan, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
After the protests in Philadelphia due to the police shooting of Walter Wallace on October 26th, Walmart had decided to remove ammunition and firearms as a precaution.
The country’s largest retailer had made all of its outlets move firearms and ammunition to a secure backroom located within the store.
“After civil unrest earlier this week resulted in damage to several of our stores, consistent with actions we took over the summer, we asked stores to move firearms and ammunition from the sales floor to a secure location in the back of the store in an abundance of caution,” said Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesperson, on October 29th.
“As the current incidents have remained geographically isolated, we have made the decision to begin returning these products to the sales floor.”
This decision was made just days before the presidential election, when most stores have been preparing possible post-election protests by boarding store windows.
In the past couple of months, gun and ammunition sales have increased tremendously. However, industry analysts have stated that this is quite common during election year, out of fear that a Democratic could lead to restrictions on gun ownership.