New York, United States:
Walmart turned the tide on Friday and said it would keep guns in shopping areas, quickly moving away from a plan to keep guns away from customers.
The retail giant said Thursday it would still sell weapons and ammunition, but not display them in retail spaces, citing unrest in Philadelphia this week.
Some observers also saw the move as an indicator of concern ahead of the US presidential election next week.
The world‘s largest chain of stores took a 180-degree turn on Friday.
“After the civil unrest earlier this week which damaged several of our stores, in line with actions we took over the summer, we asked stores to move abundant firearms and ammunition from the sales area to a secure location behind the store. of caution, ”Walmart said.
“As the current incidents have remained geographically isolated, we have made the decision to begin returning these products to the sales floor today.”
Walmart’s overthrow comes just days before the November 3 presidential election amid unease over the possibility of civil unrest and voter intimidation.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner told CNN on Friday that efforts to intimidate voters would be continued.
“The 2nd Amendment does not protect people who claim to be a militia and have not been summoned by a governor,” Krasner told the network.
“A militia is not something you get just by saying it. A militia is something you get when government authority summons you.
“So if you want to dress up as GI Joe and pretend you’re ‘protecting the ballot box’ when we all know you’re intimidating voters, you’re locked in.”
Walmart sells guns and ammunition in about half of its US stores, mostly in places where hunting is popular.