Wal Mart database


April 23, 2008, 07:59 AM
Wal-Mart To Create Gun Buyer Database

Friday, April 18, 2008

Recently, Wal-Mart joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gathering of Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, to announce a series of changes to the way in which Wal-Mart handles firearm transactions. At the press event, J.P. Suarez, chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said: “The costs are, we think, part of what it takes to be responsible.” Suarez also added, "This is not a signal that we're getting out of firearms."

Once these changes are up and running, firearm purchases at Wal-Mart will involve a video record of the sale, which the store will keep on file -- effectively creating a video database of gun purchasers. In addition, Wal-Mart announced that its employees will be given discretion to deny firearms purchases to anyone who has had a firearm traced by BATFE for any reason -- including those who have had a firearm stolen and later used in criminal activity.

Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President, said, “I view it as a public relations stunt that stigmatizes law-abiding firearms purchasers exercising their constitutional freedoms. I honestly think it's a corporation trying to curry favor with politicians as opposed to doing anything meaningful about stopping crime.”

If you’d like to let Wal-Mart know what you think about their new policy, please contact them by phone, at (800) 925-6278; or electronically, at http://www.walmartstores.com/contactus/feedback.aspx.

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Ed N.
April 23, 2008, 05:03 PM
Try calling the WalMart ethics line at 800-WM-ETHICS.

For those of you in Florida, this WalMart policy is a violation of Florida Statute 790.335 and is therefore grounds for an ethics complaint.

What the heck - give 'em a call.

April 23, 2008, 05:15 PM
I emailed them my disappointment.:barf: Hopefully they will rethink this policy. They are already a lot more strict on their gun purchases anyway.

April 23, 2008, 07:11 PM
I was just thinking to myself that a fifteenth thread on this subject was just what we needed.

April 23, 2008, 07:20 PM
Here is the response I got via email from Walmart: Dear Frank,

Wal-Mart understands its role as a leading, responsible retailer in the
U.S. and is making strides to strengthen its already existing security
processes to help combat illegal gun activity in the communities we
serve. Wal-Mart has a long and proud history of offering the products
hunters and outdoorsmen want and need and that will not change.

It is important to note that these procedures should not impede
law-abiding citizens from purchasing firearms at our stores that sell them.
These processes merely provide us, as a retailer, an additional
mechanism to assist law enforcement when illegal activity occurs.

We are hopeful these enhanced processes with help from law enforcement
and other retailers committing to do the same can make a positive
difference in our communities.

Thank you,
Wal-Mart Customer Relations

April 23, 2008, 09:42 PM
Most people who buy guns from Wally-World will not care about this new policy.

April 23, 2008, 10:29 PM
Hell, Wal-Mart doesn't even sell firearms in Dallas, just ammo. They have the best prices on 9mm fmj.

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