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Maryland Stopping Wal Mart Gun Sales?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by marlin.357, Aug 28, 2006.

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  1. marlin.357

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    Even if you hate Wal-Mart you may find this interesting....

    They were inventorying the guns in the local Wal Mart today. Asked them if the rumor I heard that they were going to stop selling guns after September. Was told they were, I commented that I felt that Wal Mart was making a mistake. According to the Wal Mart employees Maryland is requiring them to stop!!!

    According to the employees, Maryland, specifically Governor Erlich, is requiring them to stop gun sales in certain stores. I've never heard of this requirement has anyone else?

    I've only bought one gun from them, but I always cruise the guns and ammo when I'm in there, and frankly I'll go less often if there is nothing to look at.
     
  2. zeke1312

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    I think the real gun issue for Wal*Mart is moving their image as a entry level red neck store to a more Target oriented organization. They are also up scaling woman's clothing. Wal*Mart wants/needs the image for todays "touchy feely" market. They are backing out of the market starting at the least profitable stores, then move to other stores. Sporting Goods will get out of guns and replace them with more treadmills, yoga mats, lawn tennis, etc. Trust me.

    Thanks for shopping with us and have a nice day!:)
     
  3. bnkrazy

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    They took the gun cases out of my local WM a few months ago. They still sell ammo though, and said they would continue. No more guns (long or handguns) though.
     
  4. m0ntels

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    Already being done around here in gun-loving PA.

    Randy
     
  5. Tommygunn

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    I have heard that some Wal Mart stores will stop selling guns if they don't sell enough to make carrying them worthwhile. Some Wal Marts have been caught messing up the paperwork, due to (apparantly) some individual employees not being well informed about how it needs to be done.
    I don't believe every Wal Mart will drop firearms from their inventory, but just some. Of course this won't be of any comfort to those most effected.
    I did buy one rifle from Wal Mart, a Remington 700 in .30-'06 a number of years ago when I worked there.
     
  6. firesafety3

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    Some WalMarts down here in Louisiana have already stopped selling guns. I specifically asked why and the reply I got was that "corporate" decided the time involved in the paperwork and possible mistakes in handling were not worth stocking the guns.

    They are still stocking ammo and accessories, but no guns.

    There was a time last year where they weren't selling ammo, either. I was going to shoot a USPSA match and needed some last minute .40 WWB Value Pack and could reach out and touch it but they said everything was "on hold" until they got clarification from the WalMart gurus whether they would stop selling guns and ammo or just guns.

    I don't think they are taking the KMart stance but it is still a bit inconvenient.

    And in a note of consistency, the WalMart on the west side of town is considered in the Texas "district" and is fully stocked with shotguns, rifles, and muzzleloaders. Go figure.
     
  7. MikeH

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    WalMart at Germantown got rid of guns at least over a year ago. Now they got rid of nearly all shooting supplies. I won't be surprised if ammo goes next.
     
  8. Just_a_dude_with_a_gun

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    I'm not at all surprised, and that is sad.
     
  9. AirForceShooter

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    I'm not sure the State of Maryland had anything to do with it.

    AFS
     
  10. Lupinus

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    just shifting blame
     
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    One local wally world only has black-powder and a "limited" selection of ammo, the other is what wallmart should look like, the racks overflowing with arms.
     
  12. Creeping Incrementalism

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    The order it worked in the Bay Area was first, all guns went, then all ammo went simultaneous with other shooting supplies being reduced reduced by about 1/3 to 1/2.

    To anyone who says it is a business decision, the reason firearms are losing profitability is because of increases in cost caused by anti- governments.
     
  13. American By Blood

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    The MD state govt, and specifically Governor Ehrlich, cannot currently compel Wal Mart to stop selling guns. That would require a new law to have been passed. As far as I know, that did not happen.

    What's likely going on is a convergence of factors. Wal Mart wants to scale up it's image a bit (the right is losing the kulturkampf, ergo guns are seen as hopelessly plebian), most of their empolyees likely could not properly instruct people on filling out a 4473 and were therefore racking up fines left and right, and eliminating firearms is a way they can claim to be "responsible corporate citizens" next time a horde of Michael Moore regurgitating asshats comes knocking.
     
  14. Spot77

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    Walmart recruited an upper management type from Target, thus the shift away from guns. This is from my father in law who works for Walmart.

    Guns have rarely been a profitable measure for Walmart in MD, so I can see why they'd want the floor space for more profitable items.

    Doesn't really bother me much. But if they stop ammo sales......:cuss:
     
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    If they are stopping sales in Louisiana I fell Texas cannot be far behind. Guess I'll pop over to mine and start stocking up on 45,357and .44 ammo. Fools. Don't they know people with money to spend on guns and ammo have enough to buy anything in the store. It is after all an expensive habit/hobby.
     
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    the things that I've read point to Wal-Mart deciding that gun/ammo sales in certain areas aren't worth it. We have a couple wal-marts that still sell guns and ammo, but I was at another one on the other side of town and couldn't find any ammo there.... area sales probably can't support the cost/hassle of carrying gun stuff.
     
  17. zeke1312

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    OK, it's my turn. I work at a Wal*Mart in the Sporting Goods Dept. I will relate my experience at the two stores I've worked at.

    Employees assigned to the SG dept are required to pass (100%) a course on how to fill out an FFL form #4473.

    When a gun sale is made and the customer, then employee fills out the form, a manager uses a plastic overlay that checks all critical form entries for error.

    Gun sales in our store are to be made only by those who have passed the CBL. Some W*M CBLs are a breeze to take. The 4473 CBL is not, take it from one who knows. The CBL covers other areas of ATF requirements when selling guns, not just the 4473.

    Others may have first hand experienced something else, it doesn't happen here. Customers wanting to purchase a gun from W*M and do not feel the sales person is up to speed needs to ask for a manager. If that does not work to your satisfaction walk out. Go to Scheels, Cabelas, yada, yada.

    Thank you for shopping at Wal*Mart and have a nice day.:)
     
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    I think it's stupid that a store named Target won't sell guns!
     
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    No more guns in my wal-mart either.
    No cleaning supplies or cases to boot. I live in central Florida.
    They still sell ammo though, concealed behind a counter amongst the 2 1/2 aisles of fishing crap.
    Kinda pisses me off really, I bought two guns from them last year.
     
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    Walmart is not my favorite store. There are plenty of other places to buy guns.
    They definately are trying to establish themselves as a trendy store.
    I think they should remember who made them what they are.
    I checked the other day and they had raised rifle ammo 2.00 to 3.50 a box (depending on how many rounds are in the box, 20 or 40). They had also raised pistol ammo.
    I can do just as good or better somewhere else.
     
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    At one point, back when target was just a few stores, they did. IIRC, they had an awful time with the books, and let something like 180 guns go without being logged into the books, or being papered properly.
     
  22. George S.

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    The issue with some Wal-Mart strores no longer selling guns has been discussed ad nauseum here and on many other gun forums. Wal-Mart made a business decision to stop carrying products (guns) where the cost of the overhead, storage, security, paperwork and flooring exceeds any profit made.

    Think about a store having an inventory of say 40 to 50 rifles and shotguns. They are not selling so Wal-Mart is not making money as they had to buy them up front. Those guns are taking up space in the back and the display cabinets are taking up space on the floor. Only certain "Associates" can access the storage area and go thru the sales procedure. That takes special training and takes those people away from the floor and therefore they aren't making money for W-W.

    Their public statement regarding this policy was pretty clear as to motive. It was simply a financial decision. Wal-Mart still sells firearms at 600 of their stores and those are the stores that make a profit on gun sales.

    It's not a political decision, it's not a forced move by anti-gunners, it's not something forced by a state, county or city, it's just Wally World not making money at stores where guns do not sell. So they took them out.
     
  23. Stauble

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    i was at a wal-mart in gainesville bout a month ago and they had a wonderful gun selection, with at least 20 on display. they also had boxes of 250 shot gun shells on display for any one to take (not behind the counter.)

    i was so impressed with their selection that i bought a remington hat from there to remember the occasion:D

    however my own wal-mart down here has stopped selling guns:banghead:
     
  24. Norton

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    marlin.357,

    What Wal Mart were you at? I may go and do some bottom feeding.....the last time one closed out their inventory they lowered the price so much that I'm surprised that they made any money on them.
     
  25. Hawkmoon

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    Bovine excrement.

    Where ya been hidin' lately? The Wally Worlds in my neck of the woods all stopped selling firearms months ago, and it wasn't because the State asked them to. It's because Wally World didn't train their people well enough, and several sales in several stores ran afoul of the BATF&E, so the wonks at corporate HQ decided the amount they make on gun sales isn't worth the potential liability.

    Corporate decision. It's happening all across America, Mate.
     
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