Are Walmarts selling more guns?


March 17, 2011, 06:12 PM
I remember an older post about a Walmart that was preparing to sell guns. Today I went to my local Walmart in Amite, LA, and noticed empty gun cases and plan-o-gram sheets taped where each products would go. Are other Walmarts around the country "gunning up" too?

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March 17, 2011, 06:13 PM
They sure are not ammoing up.... LOL

March 17, 2011, 06:16 PM
Seems so around my parts!

March 17, 2011, 06:19 PM
They were trying to make Walmart into Target----maybe they saw the error of their ways.

Target sucks.

March 17, 2011, 06:25 PM
Target carrys guns and ammo?

March 17, 2011, 06:42 PM
My local Wally-World never stopped selling guns and all the Ammunition they could get.

Nothing different here.

Good luck.


March 17, 2011, 09:03 PM
My Wally World stopped selling guns and they don't show any signs of starting.

March 17, 2011, 10:22 PM
My local WalMart stopped selling guns in 2008 and just about 2 weeks ago they installed the gun cases. I went in yesterday and the have a few rifles and shotguns but the case is not full yet.Seems mostly cheaper weapons.

March 17, 2011, 11:05 PM
More guns "here", less guns "there". Strange trend. Maybe it depends on demand and/or legality. Maybe something bigger, but I'm not going that far.

March 17, 2011, 11:12 PM
My local walmart has not sold guns for years, but when I walked in today, they had gun racks with some cheaper remingtons, mossbergs, and savages. I probably wouldn't buy any guns from walmart, but it is good to see that they are selling them again.

March 18, 2011, 12:05 AM
Sadly no longer, at one time Target had the VERY BEST prices on ammo and a great selection of S&W handguns at factory list prices, no mark ups' on hot sellers such as the M-39 or M-19's.

March 18, 2011, 12:10 AM
The Walmart in Vicksburg, MS has sold rifles as long as i can remember.
They don't always keep enough ammo, but they have been doing okay lately.

March 18, 2011, 12:39 AM
Here in San Antonio I know of one wal-mart that sells guns and ammo and 2 other wal-marts that sell only ammo.

Lou McGopher
March 18, 2011, 01:20 AM
Target sells no guns or ammo.... how sad... and ironic.
None of the Walmarts in my area sell guns. Only some of them sell ammo.
I'd like to see them sell guns, although it's not like I buy guns all that often. :(

March 18, 2011, 03:14 AM
Every Walmart I have been to within say 20-25 miles of my home sells firearms. That is roughly 5 Walmarts. I believe this is new, and only remember 2 that used to sell firearms. I could be misremembering, but it seems like all the newly constructed or remodeled Walmarts here have installed firearms displays.

March 18, 2011, 03:21 AM
The Wal-Mart in my town has had ammo and long guns since I have lived here. But I have noticed and uptick in the stocking.

March 18, 2011, 03:39 AM
The Walmart here in town sells ammo but no guns but 35 miles away the Walmart sells guns and ammo.

The Lone Haranguer
March 18, 2011, 03:50 AM
Wal-Mart will sell guns, ammunition and accessories as long as A: people buy them, and B: regulations are not overly burdensome.

March 18, 2011, 04:51 AM
Hey guys...let us know where you live (in your post or profile) so your observations are germain to the conversation.

The Walmart here in Bloomington sells some black powder rifles and most ammo...price is fair though they are still recovering from the "ammo run" a few years back.

When I lived in Northern VA 4 years ago the ammo supply was very good and quite varied. They also sold black powder and some inexpensive mossbergs, marlins and a few other brands.

March 18, 2011, 06:35 AM
Monday it looked like they were getting ready to put them up on display. I saw boxes with boys and girls single shot Cricket rifles, a Marlin Model 336, and a H&R shotgun.

March 18, 2011, 06:49 AM
Walmart doesn't sell guns in my city, or even in my state as far as I'm aware. I heard that their employees were not filling out paperwork correct and the ATF got quite upset. Though that is just a rumor, as far as I know.

March 18, 2011, 06:59 AM
the two wal-marts in my area sell guns and ammo. but there is a huge difference in the gun end of it. one just has enough cheap guns to say they have them. :mad: the other has lots of good guns in stock. :what: i believe management plays a big role in what they carry. wal-mart corperate may tell them if they have to or not, but local management decides on what, and how much. the wal-mart in gaylord michigan the last time i was in there, actually had some reloading supplies! that is my theory, and i am sticking to it.:neener:

March 18, 2011, 09:16 AM
I don't think any of the Wal-Marts in the Greater Houston Metro area sell guns. I am not sure though because there are probably 15-20. Heck, the one closest to me (5 minutes as opposed to 10) was out of ALL 9mm, .40, and .45 on wednesday....:banghead:

March 18, 2011, 09:38 AM
Depends on where ya live, my wife has been a walmart manager for 15 year now. lots of rural locations still carry firearms but are relegated to mostly rifles and shotguns, wont find any urban walmarts selling guns anymore

March 18, 2011, 11:07 PM
wont find any urban walmarts selling guns anymore
One of the walmart's that I've been to in Mobile, Al has guns in stock.

March 18, 2011, 11:55 PM
We have four Walmarts within 25 miles of where I'm sitting.

One is up around the corner in Hayden, maybe 1.5 to 2 miles away. The next one, in Post Falls, is just over 10 miles from here. Then I cruise over almost to Cabela's at State Line to the next one at just about 16 miles, and finally I cross the state line into Washington and pick up another one at just about 24.5 miles in Spokane Valley.

This doesn't include any other Wally stores in the rest of Greater Spokane.

All four of those stores sell firearms and ammo. It's the usual selection of rifles and shotguns, with the same special-order items available through their Sporting Goods department catalogue (e.g. they don't keep the Marliin 1894C on the rack, but they'll sell you one if you order it).

There's been no sign of any reduction in stock or selection.

(Keep in mind, though, that this is North Idaho, and Wally World has to compete with more than a dozen well-stocked sporting goods stores, all of whom handle sidearms in addition to long guns.)

I don't know if any of these stores qualifies as "urban," but they're all within city limits, all fairly close to high-density housing, and all frequented by the usual Wal-Folk.

Cultural thing, I guess.

When the lady working the gun counter shoots black powder and teaches hunter safety, and the girl working the knife counter down the street complains that she had to dress her first doe of the season with a 2.5-inch Buck Rush because she forgot her big knife back at the truck, you're probably not gonna have a clash with the local culture, unless its a failure to provide a broad enough selection.

Wally Gunz. We haz dem.

March 19, 2011, 12:07 AM
Out here in the Soviet Socialist Republic aka California, Walmart stopped selling firearms some time ago, at least in So-Cal. Ammunition has been available in most areas, but if you must venture down to the colonoscopy that is Los Angeles, you will find none. I have purchased guns from them in the past, and would do so again if they sold them here.

Ky Larry
March 19, 2011, 12:19 AM
The 4 WallyWorlds in Lexington sell ammo but don't sell guns anymore. If your WallyWorld sells guns and they don't have what you want, ask to see their gun order catalog. They can order just about any rifle, shotgun, or scope you want. I try to support my local shops, but I always check prices, too. The WallyWorld on Richmond Rd used to have killer deals on clearance ammo. I bought a brick (500 rnds) of Win 9mm 147 gr JHPs for $50.00. Got a brick of Win .40S&W (500 rnds) SilverTips 155gr for $95.00. Got a brick (200 rnds) of Win 180gr .30-06 SilverTips for$65.00. Don't think I'll see those prices again.:(

Jorg Nysgerrig
March 19, 2011, 12:21 AM
wont find any urban walmarts selling guns anymore
I'm not sure what Walmart's definition of urban is, but in the two urban areas (as defined by the US Census Bureau) I frequent, I know of at least 4 Walmarts with guns.

March 20, 2011, 12:01 AM
Davenpoer has a west store that sells long guns and ammo. The east side Walmart only carries ammo. Lately in the last 2 month their ammo supply has been almost nothing. A rural stoe 40 miles north in Maquoketa, IA has no guns and a short ammo supply.

The Lone Haranguer
March 20, 2011, 08:15 AM
Out here in the Soviet Socialist Republic aka California, Walmart stopped selling firearms some time ago, at least in So-Cal.
I am a California native, only leaving in 2003, and this has also been my experience. This is a perfect example of overly burdensome regulations. What with the ID, utility bill, proof of gun lock or safe, safety certificate, demonstration of handling and whatever other garbage they've added since, they probably couldn't be bothered any more. :rolleyes: At least in the Wal-Marts nearest to me (two in JC, one each in Elizabethton and Unicoi) there are plenty of rifles, shotguns and (to a lesser extent) ammo. Now if you can find someone manning the counter ... :D

March 20, 2011, 11:20 AM
The wal-marts in Maine seem to be hit or miss on Firearms my local one in Farmingtons has always carried them but if I drive to Skowhegan they do not carry them

March 21, 2011, 02:13 AM
Two Walmarts near me and neither sells guns just ammo and a lousey selection of that.

March 21, 2011, 01:41 PM
The local Walmart doesn't sell guns. A week ago I stopped in the next town over to get a 20 guage. The Walmart refused to call in my paperwork since my drivers license has a po box address. The DMV insisted I list my po box since they need it for my registration renewals. The gunshops, gunsmiths, and other dealers have no issue with my drivers license.

March 21, 2011, 06:10 PM
Walmart, Massena, NY, does not sell guns but sells ammo
Walmart, Ogdensburg, NY sells both guns and ammo
Walmart, Malone, NY is going to start selling both
Walmart, Potsdam, NY is going to start selling both

March 21, 2011, 06:16 PM
Clarksville, IN Wal-Mart had plenty of rifles & shotguns in stock when I was last there about 3 weeks ago. They also seemed to have a fair amount of ammo, though pistol selections were thin.

Wal-Mart in Minot, ND even sells reloading supplies - they had pretty good prices on their limited selection of powder, too.

March 21, 2011, 11:59 PM
My Walmart has started selling shotguns and rifles again Took them out around 2 years ago. . Guess they saw they were loosing money. And we all know Wal Mart can't stand to loose a buck.

iron maiden
March 28, 2011, 09:17 PM
I've noticed here in central Ohio that the Wal-marts are beginning to have a little better selection of ammunition than in the years past. 44mag, 357, 38spl, 9mm, 40, 45, 30-06, 223, 22-250, 308, 30-30 and of course, bricks of .22LR and 17 HMR. For the most part, they have a decent selection, but if they get a run on them, they might have empty shelves for a day or two.

I spoke to the local manager, and when they remodel the local Walmart this spring, they're going to start carrying guns again. I'm glad to see they're having a better selection since the local gun shops have had empty shelves from time to time as well.

justin 561
March 28, 2011, 09:22 PM
Walmart in West palm beach, Florida used to sell them, not so sure if they do anymore, Dicks sporting goods a block away usually has better prices on calibers I own, and costco usually has better food deals so I have no need to go into walmart.

March 28, 2011, 09:25 PM
What exactly is an "urban Wal Mart"? Most of the ones in Dallas and Ft Worth sell guns.

That's not urban?

Wal Mar is in the business of selling what sells. If a store doesn't sell guns it's not likely a political statement, more likely it's simply that the floor space is selling something more profitable.

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