Wal-Mart drops gun sales in some stores

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  1. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    Retailer says move due to lack of demand in about one third of locations

    [​IMG] Updated: 3:46 p.m. ET April 14, 2006

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to stop selling guns in about a third of its U.S. stores in what it calls a marketing decision based on lack of demand in some places, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

    The world’s largest retailer decided last month to remove firearms from about 1,000 stores in favor of stocking other sporting goods, in line with a “Store of the Community” strategy for boosting sales by paying closer attention to local differences in demand.

    “This decision is based on diminished customer relevancy and demand in these markets,” said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jolanda Stewart.

    Wal-Mart’s critics and gun control advocates welcomed the move.
    “This a good first step,” said Paul Blank, director of the union-funded group WakeUpWalMart.com, which contends there is a growing public safety concern about violence and crime at Wal-Mart stores.

    The Violence Policy Center, a gun control group, said Wal-Mart’s decision reflected what it called a decline in gun ownership. “The marketplace has spoken and the losers are America’s gun industry and the gun lobby,” VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann said in a statement.

    Wal-Mart’s Stewart declined to specify what stores were affected.more at link:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12316692/
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  3. tezi

    tezi Member of Websleuths since 2000.

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    I know our local Wal-Mart stopped selling guns about a month ago. We walked into sporting goods and I looked around and noticed something was missing. Of course, my son noticed right away....It's probably a good idea though.

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