Wal-Mart Expands Gun and Ammunition Offerings at Hundreds of Stores

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on April 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm
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As reported, Wal-Mart is expanding its gun and ammunition offerings at hundreds of its stores.  This is a reversal of Wal-Mart’s recent trend of scaling back gun-related merchandise:

The latest news, according to The Wall Street Journal, is that Wal-Mart will reload gun sales by cutting back on electronics floor space to make room for rifles, shotguns and ammunition at hundreds of U.S. stores. . . Wal-Mart stopped selling guns and ammo at most of its U.S. stores five years ago but is now stocking up on firearms and nearly half of its 3,600 U.S. locations.

I haven’t noticed a difference at my local Wal-Mart in Davenport, IA, likely because it already had a decent selection of guns and ammunition.  Indeed, during the ammo shortage during the summer after President Obama’s election, Wal-Mart was one of the few places I was ever able to find .40 S&W full metal jacket ammo for target practice.

In any event, I am happy that Wal-Mart is expanding its gun-related merchandise.  For better or worse, Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the USA.  In some areas, Wal-Mart is just about the only option for shopping.  In other areas, there are still many people who shop almost exclusively at Wal-Mart.  When it comes to gun rights, I’ve long believed that half of the battle is just getting those who don’t own gun to become comfortable at the sight of a gun, rather than reacting hysterically at the sight of something even remotely gun-related.  Hopefully, the visible guns and ammo in Wal-Mart’s many stores will help cure at least a few people of their irrational fear of guns.

  • BasinBictory

    Good news that Wal-Mart is expanding its sales of guns and ammunition. Just goes to prove Gordon Gecko's ethos that "Greed is Good" can work wonders for the gun industry!

    Seriously though – I think having Walmart and other retailers routinely selling guns and, in another vein, having shows on TV like "Top Shot" will slowly but surely erode people's irrational fears about guns and make them as commonplace and mundane as cell phones or automobiles.

  • security

    I would like to see the Online Wal-Mart expand their rifle scope inventory more towards the variable compact 40mm with adjustable object. At the moment, there is not much to select from.

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  • Ranger 6

    Guns are the very tools that keep this nation from bondage. The irrational fear of guns is justifiable because guns are so very effective. Wal-Mart executives must clearly understand that guns and ammunition needs to be readily available in the event of total anarchy.

    I love to shoot the .380 ACP, 9mm, and .45 ACP. I went to Wal-Mart got some Russian, Tul Ammo. Wal-Mart had the 9mm ammo at $9.46 for 50 rounds. I picked up 100 rounds to check out. I plan to chronograph them and evaluate cycling operation.

  • Mike Jones

    Maybe some Wal-Marts are but the one in Parsons Ks. shows no signs of it. They get two to three boxes of any cal. and you better be there fast or forget it.