Citing concerns about civil unrest due to the election, Walmart removed guns and ammunition from its sales floor. On Oct. 29, the Wall Street Journal first reported the decision, saying Walmart wanted to proactivity shut down any potential firearm theft in case of any civil unrest.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” Walmart said in a statement to USA TODAY. “These items do remain available for purchase by customers.”
The next day, the retail giant began adding those items back to the floor.
Walmart has taken similar actions other times in the past, including this year after George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minnesota and several Walmart stores were damaged during the protests that followed.
Recent polling by USA TODAY/ Suffolk University found that three out of four voters express concern about potential violence on Election Day, with only one of four people believing in a peaceful transfer of power should Democratic Candidate, Joe Biden, win the election.
Gun stock prices have risen due to fears of social unrest and the potential for more restrictive gun laws in the case of a Democratic sweep.
By: Hannah Ramsey