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Aug. 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. EDT

‘Customers no longer feel as safe’: Petition to ban gun sales at Walmart tops 129,000 signatures, lands on CEO’s desk

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Time to stop selling guns at Walmart?

‘Customers no longer feel as safe as they once did in our stores. We must do more. We have the power to do more.’

That’s 23-year-old Walmart category specialist Thomas Marshall urging CEO Doug McMillon to take stricter measures aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings, according to the Washington Post .

Marshall, in a letter accompanying a petition signed by more than 129,000 employees and customers, is calling for Walmart to stop all sales of firearms and ammunition, ban the public from carrying guns into its stores and cease all donations to politicians backed by the National Rifle Association.

“We value Walmart /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT +0.56% and our fellow associates,” the petition says, “but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons.”

A Walmart spokesman told the Post that McMillon responded to the note by saying that, with safety the top priority, the company is listening to a wide variety of perspectives and considering what its next steps might be.

The movement to ban firearms at Walmart, which sells guns in about half of its 4,750 stores across the country, has also gained momentum on social media under the #WalmartMustAct hashtag:

But, by the looks of some of the comments on the Change.org petition , not everybody is so supportive of such measures

“The second amendment was made exactly for this reason to protect against people that try to forcibly change things they do not agree with get rid of them all plenty of others need work,” John Kirkpatrick wrote.

Matilda Brown also scoffed.

“I will not sign this petition,” she said. “Walmart does not sell assault rifles, or assault like rifles. The news media needs to quit bashing white males. It makes it really hard on the 99.999% of white males that do not go crazy with their guns.”

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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