Wal-Mart shifts policy on rifle and shotgun sales
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest firearm retailer, has adopted a gun sales policy at its 2,700 stores that goes beyond the restrictions imposed by the federal government. Wal-Mart, which stopped selling handguns in 1994, no longer transfers long guns to customers whose background checks through the National Instant Check System (NICS) are not instant.
Commenting on Wal-Mart’s decision, Chris Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, said, “The National Rifle Association has long expressed concern over the shortfalls of NICS and the impact it has had on law-abiding Americans wishing to purchase firearms. Though mandated by law through Congressional action, bolstered by an appropriation of a third of a billion dollars, and given almost a decade to implement, NICS has yet to deliver on its promise of an instant check to the American people.
“During conversation with Wal-Mart management, I suggested the most constructive action would be for the retail giant and the nation’s oldest civil rights group to work together to address the inadequacies of NICS. In the meantime, NRA’s four million members will, as they have always done, choose for themselves which companies they patronize and which they don’t,” Cox said.
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