After Walmart’s recent decision to stop open-carry, as well as banning the sale of handguns and many types of ammunition, activists in Texas are taking action.
As we covered before, since the recent shootings in El Paso that left 22 dead, Walmart has made some drastic decisions to seemingly make shopping in their stores even less safe for law-abiding citizens. Walmart has decided to almost completely take themselves out of the gun and ammunition market, but even worse they are banning open-carry, asking customers to not exercise their right to protection in a place that seems to need it.
According to the New York Times, David Amad, the vice president of Open Carry Texas, said 38,000 members of his group have openly carried their guns inside Walmart stores since the retailer announced last week it is “respectfully requesting” customers to no longer openly bring guns into its stores.
“They are ducking the issue. They are trying to get the gun haters to leave them alone, while at the same time leave us alone when we carry in their stores.” Amad told the Times.
“They are ducking the issue. They are trying to get the gun haters to leave them alone, while at the same time leave us alone when we carry in their stores.”
Lorenzo Lopez, a spokesperson for Walmart has said that employees are instructed not to confront “peaceful” shoppers for open-carrying their guns, but to call the police if they or customers feel unsafe. Although, there is no example or standard for what this might be.
Walmart is not the first to take a stance that edges the line of banning guns. In fact, they are actually seeming to follow in line of stores like Starbucks, CVS and Target. However, Walmart is just falling short of Costco, which has completely banned firearms in their stores. However, it doesn’t seem like it will take long for Walmart to follow their lead.