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Wal Mart refuses to sell me 22lr?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by pdowg881, Aug 5, 2007.

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  1. pdowg881

    pdowg881 Member

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    I went shooting this afternoon, and stopped by wal mart to pick up a box of the federal 22lr for 10$ and some 12ga ammo. After going to customer service to get someone to unlock the ammo, she checked my lisence and asked how old I was(19). She then told me she can't sell me the 22;r after I asked for the birdshot and 22. I asked why ans she said bevause I'm not 21. She then said shes been refusing people all week. Even after she asked what it was for and I said rifle. I explained to her that I was just there a few days ago and bought the same exact things.

    She then got on the phone and gave some code number and asked another guy walking by about having to be 21 for the .22 ammo. He said that if the ammuntion can fit into a handgun even though it's made for a rifle I couldn't have it. I asked when this had changed and told her that I was just there and bought the same two things and asked if it was company policy, I was tring to figure out if they wre interpreting the 21 for handgun ammo law differently. She ignored me and rang up the birdshot. I told her I'd just go to the gunstore for the .22(didn't happen, all closed on sunday) So I walked out with the 12ga ammo and said have a nice day. This has never happened to me before and I've gotten .22 ammo from wal-mart plenty of times and don't even know if I should go back and try to buy it again.

    Has anybody experienced this before or have any ideas what was going on? It really irritated me, but I didn't make a stink because I was kind of taken aback when they said I couldn't buy the .22 (I also explained the LR stood for Long RIFLE). I was polite the whole time and was just casually asking her what the reasons for not selling was for and she just said I had to be 21. I'm kind of baffled and want to know if you guys have had this happen or can reccomend what I should do or how to get some anwers since they refused to even casually talk about anything.


    At the local gunstore, the only ammo they had was the 20$ for 500 rounds so I decided the 550 for 10$ from wal mart would be ok, but the way it turned out put a damper on the day.
     
  2. shadowalker

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    I'd ask to speak the store manager, explain it politely and if they refuse to budge walk out without buying anything from them.

    Call corporate and talk to them about their policy, if they agree with you see if you can't get contact information and talk to the local store again.

    In Boise Cabelas was asking people that were open carrying to leave until the open carry movement talked to corporate and got the policy clarified for the local store.
     
  3. larry_minn

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    Go back Monday 9-5pm and see what happens. It could be a new person who does not know any better. If not then you know.
     
  4. pdowg881

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    Last time I was there was a weekday 9-5 and an older guy sold it to me with no issue like I have done nmerous times. But the woman who said no checked with a guy who I 've seen working there for years. I was just ignored when I asked if it was a policy change. It may just depend on who's at the counter because I don't think every emplyee really knows too much about that stuff. It's just that last time I was there the guy at the counter was really nice and we had a conversation about shooting, and this time they made me feel really awkward and almost like I was trying to attempt to do something illegal.
     
  5. mxl

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    Sounds about right for Wal-mart. Remember--"Their People Make the Difference"!

    I'm old enough they don't question me. When they ask if the ammo is to be used in a pistol or rifle I keep a straight face and tell them it's for a machinegun. The clerks look dumbfounded, mumble a bit, tap a button or 2 and sell it to me.
     
  6. Deaf Smith

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    Considering how many times Wal-Mart has been sued, and severl have been gun and ammo related, I can see a not-so-well trained attendent being cautious.

    It's CYA. Since it DOES say 21 for pisol ammo, by default they decided to play it safe and if it can be used in pistols, then it's pistol ammo (and I hate to tell them this, but there are pistols in 45/70, 35 Remington, 30/30, .308, .223, and a bunch of other rifle rounds!) I hope you don't mention that to them.
     
  7. 22-rimfire

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    Maybe you should just sling the rifle over your shoulder and walk in the front door, get it tagged, then head back to the sporting goods area (as long as open carry is legal in your state). :) Then you ask for ammunition that will fit this?
     
  8. .cheese.

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    this has happened before. In fact I witnessed it happen to a guy who was ahead of me in line once.

    I felt bad and wanted to say something, but I wasn't sure of the law at the time and went home that night to check. It's not on the books as far as I know (at least not in Florida or Federal). Unless it's a NH law, she's wrong.
     
  9. Xenia

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    I was just asked last time I went to walmart what I was using the ammo for. (It was 9 mm jacketed and I was buying 6, 100 ct. boxes.). I told him: I plan to put holes in paper. He looked at me funny and said something like "why would you that?" I said, "protect all from paper cuts."

    It was none of his business of course so he took my joking for what it was and of course I am clearly over 21 too.
     
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    last time they "carded" me about pistol Vs Rifle ammo. i laughed at them and demanded a manager. i find, so long as your well spoken, and confident, you can pull off anything
     
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    I guess then you can't buy .410 shells anymore either sense Taurus has their .410/45 Colt pistol. What if you are buying 9mm ammo for your hi-point? Thank god I'm over 21 so I don't have to deal with this crap.
     
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    just have an older buddy go with you and buy it. buy two bricks and keep one in reserve.
     
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    yea thats preety odd, wally world does that to me alot im over 21 but they AWALYS ask what its for. i remember one time i said i didnt have a gun but felt safer throwing it at a BG. I personaly love messing with wally world employes. but then again im an ass.
     
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    I was in the other day (bought some 22s 2 bricks) and they asked me if it was for a pistol:uhoh: I said yes. Sold it to me. I'm 65.

    I guess they are into various questions and if it will fit a pistol and you are not old enough to own the pistol they won't sell it to you:what:
     
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    The EXACT same thing happened to me at another place similar to Wal-Mart. They said you have to be 21 to buy 22lr. (I was 19 at the time, am 20 now) But they sold me a box of 7.62x39. I'm still angry about that.
     
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    So am I the only person who has ever told them that it(9mm in this case) was for my shotgun?
    ...he believed me :rolleyes:
     
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    Wal-Mart has never done that to me. Now, the person behind the counter usually whacks the "Pistol" key without asking but that's another story.
     
  18. pdowg881

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    "I guess they are into various questions and if it will fit a pistol and you are not old enough to own the pistol they won't sell it to you"


    You can legally possess a pistol at 18. So I'm not sure that's their reasoning. I'm not sure anybody knows what their reasoning is. I'm not even sure their "reasons" are reasonable.
     
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    I've never even been ID'd at Wally World (I'm 19 as well), one day my cousin (a year older than me) got ID'd and they wouldn't accept it because his license was expired (apparently you're not the same age if the card is expired) so I said I'll buy it for you, he handed me the money, and the attendant handed me the ammo.
     
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    I used to buy .44 magnum for my lever-action Marlin at 19, and no one ever gave me a second look, even at Wal-Mart. They asked what it was for, I told them, and they sold me the ammo. Guess it all depends on which idiot you talk to.
     
  21. Geno

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    I buy nothing from Wal-Mart.
     
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    I dont buy any gun stuff from walmart. My local gun store/range sells ammo at a very fair price and i can always order from cabelas. I buy .40 S&W no questions asked because thats all my CX4 takes. But they would sell me .38 specail if i wanted it i guess its all where you go. Walmarts run by liberal anti's stupid company is working on reducing its firearms friendliness. Pretty sure they no longer sell firearms stuff at my local one. Dont give those jerks your business go to Cabelas I am so excited that ones coming to my states capitol. When I get back from college over winter break they should be open and ill buy my 1,200 rounds of .40 S&W.
     
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    Their computers are setup, tehat they should be able to hit a button when it pops up for 21, and it will ask for 18. Have had it done lots of times.
     
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    At my local Wally world, they always ask "is this for a pistol or for a rifle?"

    Today I told the lady that my 9mm ammo was for a rifle. She just looked at me and said "well of course you're older than 18." This is the same lady that's carded me when buying .45 and saying it's for a pistol.
     
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    That's why I was confused. My understanding is that if you state that it is for a rifle than it's ok. even though everything went fine days before, her and her co-worker were convinced I couldn't buy it becuase I could also potentially put it in a pistol.
     
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