NEW YORK – Walmart Inc removed firearms and ammunition from U.S. store floors this week to protect customers and employees as tensions across the country have been rising, the world’s largest retailer said on Thursday.
The move comes days before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, with many worried that the result could be contested or spark violence.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” a Walmart spokesman said. The company does not have a date for when it will place the guns and ammunition back on the shelves, he added.
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