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Department stores selling guns....

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WonderNine, Feb 26, 2003.

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  1. WonderNine

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    What is it with department stores and guns nowadays? They don't carry anything around here at Walmart and Kmart anymore. Kmart doesn't even sell pistol ammo either anymore. Hell Sears used to sell guns years ago, but they don't anymore, neither does Wards anymore, but they went out of business.

    Department store selection is becoming so limited, I don't even bother to look at Walmart..... and Kmart??? Please! Department stores are the last place you'd think there would be a limit of choices!

    Don't these retail stores realize that when they don't have anything to offer, people won't bother to look anymore? Kmart claims that they stopped selling pistol ammo, because they weren't selling much anymore. B.S., they didn't have any decent selection up until the end, why would anybody bother to look anymore?
     
  2. sixgun_symphony

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    The country is becoming more and more urban. Fewer hunters, more gun control zealots.
     
  3. arinvolvo

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    Now the gun market has moved over to the larger sporting goods stores...Such as Sports Authority, and Galyans...

    But now Sports Authority does not carry handguns anymore either. The Galyans in my town is connected to a mall...If you purchase a firearm...they escort you out the front doors to keep you from entering the rest of the mall with your new purchase.
     
  4. Big_R

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    It's been a few years, but the Wallmart that I go to in central MN had a pistol order book. You could order what you wanted, but they didn't carry anything on hand. The clerk said something about their liability insurance didn't cover it. Whatever that means.

    Ryan
     
  5. El Tejon

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    Hmmm, you could start your own department store.
     
  6. Kahr carrier

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    The Big 5 and Walmart in my area sells rifles but no pistols.:(
     
  7. Sisco

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    Back when you could order a handgun from Wal-Marts behind-the-desk catalogue I was looking for a Ruger P95. They could get one but it was cheaper at the gunshop.
     
  8. 10-Ring

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    Yeah, we've got Big 5 & Walmart. I remember years ago when a friend turned 18 he & I went to GEMCO to buy a rifle...it was the coolest 30-30 lever ever. Gone is the store & gone are those days.
     
  9. Gary H

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    Walmarts in the S.F. Bay Area have a patchwork of "rifle-sporting goods" departments. Some carry long guns and some don't. I remember when you could go down to Sears and buy a rifle. Those days are long gone.
     
  10. synoptic

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    Walmart recently has had many problems with the ffl laws. Employees will sell guns without doing background checks, checking ID, etc... I have a friend who is 20 and he has bought pistol ammo from the local walmart many times without being carded. He was once asked if he was 21, he said yes, and that was it. It has ben rumored that walmart will soon lose the rifles and possibly ammo as well. I prefer to go to a gun shop anyways, where I can ask questions and get an educated answer. Nothing against walmart employees, but when you have a minimum wage salary kid from housewares filling in at sporting goods selling rifles and ammunition nothing good can come from that situation.
     
  11. Schuey2002

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    We've got the same situation here. If you want a handgun, you'd better look elsewhere, unless it's a BB gun..;)
     
  12. Dave Markowitz

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    Oh for the days when you could go into the Woolworth's in the Plymouth Meeting Mall or King of Prussia Mall and walk out with a Lee-Enfield, Swedish Mauser, or M-1 Carbine. And that's not too long ago ... 1980s AAMOF.
     
  13. Soap

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    I would express my disappointment to the regional manager. If that doesn't work, do what El Tejon said. If there truly is a market, and you do it right, you'll be successful.
     
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    Academy Sports in Texas has started selling handguns...
     
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    There are two reasons. First is liability. Suing gun manfacturers and dealers is one of the more popular anti-gun tactics around today.

    Second is political correctness/public perception. The stores are more afraid of offending the large number sheep shopping there than the small number of people wanting to purchase firearms.
     
  16. Standing Wolf

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    There's a Long's Drugs in my own that sells cleaning kits, rifles, ammunition, and even reloading supplies.
     
  17. Brian D.

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    Before the '68 GCA...

    ...all the department stores sold handguns, long guns, ammo, etc. right downtown here in the Midwest. Oh, thanks so much for saving us Teddy, you bloated drunken (alleged) murderer! If you go back some time before that, Abercrombie and Fitch was a premiere outfitter for African safaris and such. Just for grins, try walking into one now and asking for a .600 Nitro Express Elephant gun, as I did a few months back! Loads and loads of laughs, well for me anyhow. Can't even buy a pith helmet in that joint nowadays!
     
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    Standing Wolf: Longs Drugs Rocks!!! I lived 1 Block from them in Colorado Springs, Bought a few guns and much ammo there. Gibsons in Lawton OK was selling Handguns when I was there in 1997. Man Now I'm missing Longs Drugs :(
     
  19. centermass

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    Hey all... long time lurker, thought I'd add this tidbit.

    The Super Walmart near my home (north of Tampa, FL) is huge, as one would expect a Super Walmart to be. They have a gigantic sporting goods area and from far away, it would appear all kinds of hunting and shooting accessories. As you enter the department, you see they in fact do have all kinds of hunting and shooting accessories, but that's it, just "accessories". No guns (long or otherwise) no ammo. Tons of targets, clays, cleaning supplies, fishing rods, airguns, knives, etc. But no guns or ammo. Found this out by mistake when my friends and I were on our way to Ocala to do some pistol shooting and clay shooting. Loaded up the cart with food, drinks and other miscellany then made our way to the sporting goods area.... But alas, we only purchased a couple cases of clays.
    We asked the employee working the department why this was, and his response was that because the store is next door to a high school, they would not carry firearms or ammunition due to the events of the Columbine tragedy.
    Were they planning on selling to the students who may have come in on their lunch break? :rolleyes:
    Didn't make much sense to me. So we drove a half an hour out of the way to go to the other (my personal favorite) average, non-super Walmart to pick up everything else. Oh well.

    Take care- Steve
     
  20. swampgator

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    centermass,

    The Super Wal-Mart in the northern parts of Florida still sell shotguns, rifles and IIRC muzzleloaders. Ammunition and black powder still sold as well. Sorry to hear that you're area is screwy.
     
  21. Wildalaska

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    You guys of course dont wann know about the Fred Meyer in Anchorage selling handguns, or the Walmarts selling guns here do you??

    Naw..didnt think so...

    :neener:

    Wildilljustbuysomecookiesand9mmAlaska
     
  22. synoptic

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    CenterMass, with their supposed track record that i posted about above, it is prolly a good thing they weren't selling firearms in the super Walmart. Some highschoolers look way over 18, and if the clerk happened to be new/careless/stupid the day one of thses older looking students came in to buy a shotgun in order to shoot up the school and it was sold to them Walmart would be in a world of sh*t. I would have been pretty frustrated if I had been in your shoes, but in hindsight I think they were fairly smart in realizing the possible incompetance of some of their employees.
     
  23. sixgun_symphony

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    What else is there to say?

    Support your local gunshop :)

    The small shops will have a knowledgable salesman behind the counter. That salesman might even be a gunsmith.

    The real gunshops are better for information on guns, shooting, reloading, and local hunting. Best to keep 'em in business.
     
  24. JiminCA

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    When I lived in Anchorage (in the 80's) the Long's Drug Store on Northern Lights had one of the best gun departments in town. Bought a ton of stuff there. Fishing dept was great too. Half my buddies bought their 44 mags there. I was always in there oogling handguns and rifles and buying ammo and fishing gear.

    Now its a Barnes and Noble with a Starbux. Oh well.
     
  25. DAL

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    Ed, Long's Drugs no longer sells handguns; I think it was the Columbine slaughter (aided along by making schools gun-free zones [except for killers]). Pity. I bought my Colt Python from them in the 1980s.

    They do still sell long guns and reloading supplies, but so does my local Wal-mart, and Wal-mart's cheaper.
    DAL
     
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