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Customers react to Walmart's new gun policies

Posted at 7:11 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 23:50:06-04

Walmart is taking a stance and making stricter policies when it comes to gun sales. The biggest change is discontinuing the sale of handgun ammunition.

The announcement comes after two recent high-profile shootings at Walmart stores.

22 people were killed in El Paso, when a gunman opened fire at the store. Also, at a store in Mississippi, two people were killed and an officer injured after an employee opened fire.

After the retailer sells all of their current inventory, no more short barrel or handgun ammunition will be sold.

In open-carry states, like Louisiana, Walmart is requesting that customers do not carry in their handguns, unless they are law enforcement officers.

It's a policy some we spoke to agree with.

"They should watch it more carefully," customer Troy Bratcher said. "It's our right to bear arms, but at the same time some people shouldn't."

One customer who didn't want to be identified also agreed with the change. The customer believes this will make shopping feel safer.

"You have to look over your shoulder everywhere you go," the customer said. "You don't feel safe anywhere."

However, some people are against the change. One person commented under our Facebook post saying ,"Looks like Walmart will lose a lot of business,"

Others calling the policy ridiculous and stating how they will "never shop at Walmart again."

Another person said, "Any store that won't let me protect myself while shopping is not worthy of my business."

The store is also discontinuing handgun sales in Alaska, the only state where they still sold them. They hope lawmakers will work towards moving forward and strengthening background checks to remove weapons from those who pose an imminent danger.

Walmart will still sell hunting rifles and ammunition, such as long barrel deer rifles and shotguns. They say they still want to provide products for hunters and sport shooters, including weapons and accessories.

KATC has reactions from Walmart customers on the store's new policy tonight at 10 p.m. Watch our live stream here.