Walmart is calling on Congress to consider introducing legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons” nationwide.
“We made our own decision about assault rifles several years ago when we removed that category from our stores, and we believe it’s time for Congress to debate that issue as well,” Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart, said during a press conference covered by Business Insider. “And we will lend our perspective and support as somebody who’s been a firearms dealer for more than 20 years.”
Walmart is not the first retailer to call for gun control legislation. Earlier this year, Dick’s Sporting Goods made the choice to stop selling weapons in all of their retail stores. Since then, the retailer’s stock price has plummeted by nearly 20 percent.