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  1. BigN

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    I went into Walmart yesterday to buy a box of 44 mag ammo. The clerk asked for my pistol permit, which I gadly showed her. I bought the ammo and then asked her why she needed to see my permit. She said you have to have a pistol permit to buy pistol ammo. I replied that many rifles also shoot the same rounds as pistols. Are you saying that if I have a rifle that shoots 44 or 9mm ammo, I can't buy it without a pistol permit? What if I have a rifle that shoots that ammo but no permit? Her reply was "can't buy it without a pistol permit. She also said that was a Walmart policy, not any governmental thing. Can anyone put some reason into this?
     
  2. D94R

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    Must be a NY WalMart policy.

    Here they'll ask if for pistol or rifle, but that doesn't mean squat for selling it.
     
  3. Bigdog57

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    "Pistol permits" are an evil thing. Glad Florida and other Free States don't have 'em........ ;)

    Our local Wally's will check a buyer's age to make sure to not sell 'pistol' ammo to someone under 21, but I haven't met that category in decades.......
     
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    Thankfully here in the Old Dominion, my local Wally World ammo purchase elicits only "Cash, credit or debit"!
     
  5. smallbore

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    CYA move. The media kept reminding viewers that the AZ shooter got his ammo at one of their stores.
     
  6. Konstantin835

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    Its kind of the other way around but I bought .22 at walmart not too long ago and they asked if it was for a pistol. It wasn't so I told them so but it still can be used in a pistol. This was before the AZ shooting though.
     
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    Last time I bought ammo at Wally World was a year or so ago. They didn't ask me about a pistol permit.
     
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    When I was 18 I was buying some 44 mag as well and was asked if it was for pistol or rifle. This was in a small sporting goods store in Alaska like15 years ago. Guess the feel good law said you must be 21 to buy handgun ammo. So of course I told her my S&W model 29 was a rifle.
     
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    that's odd, around here the clerks at WM are experts in all things firearms-related and always have the time and desire to explain the policies forced upon them by the text displayed on the register
     
  10. Jeff F

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    [QUOTEHere they'll ask if for pistol or rifle, but that doesn't mean squat for selling it.][/QUOTE]

    Same here, I sometimes tell them its for a machine gun, and they will sometimes stare at the register for a few seconds and tell me theres no machine gun key.
     
  11. dcdub

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    My best guess would be that the clerk just didn't have any idea what they were talking about. I would go to the customer service area of that store and see if its posted anywhere. Usually they post their store policies up there, like no ammo returns and such. Found that one out after buying some steel cased TulAmmo my local range wouldn't let me shoot. Return policy wasn't posted anywhere near sporting goods. And here I thought walmart would take literally anything back. If it is a new policy stemming from the AZ shooting it will more than likely blow over in a few weeks
     
  12. Wedge

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    When I lived in NYS I would have that happen about 50% of the time.
     
  13. Guillermo

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    Wally World in Texas asks if it is "for a pistol". I think that it is in register software that gives them the prompt. If you say "yes" it will not allow the transaction to proceed.
     
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    I love just saying "Yes" especially when it's 22lr cause then it's the truth. You can tell the gun guys in the sporting goods dept, they don't ask. I remember when some laws, company policy, or something changed at our local Walmart. I was buying bulk 22lr when I was 15, but I remember being 16 and they wouldn't even let me buy BB's. The guy at the counter might have been the only change, you never no. I have to say I've never had them ask for my permit before.
     
  15. altitude_19

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    They just take your word for it huh? Sounds foolproof (read: fool hearty).
     
  16. Wedge

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    Huh? Why won't it proceed? I buy pistol ammo at wal-mart all the time?
     
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    I don't think I've ever been asked for an ID card of any kind at Wally in Texas, or asked if it was for a handgun or rifle regardless of the ammo I was buying, but I haven't bought ammo there in a year or so.
     
  18. Ben86

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    It must be a NY thing, my local walmart just asks if it's for a pistol. This is only because you have to be 21 for pistol ammo and 18 for rifle ammo. I usually say machine gun.
     
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    Haha you're my hero.

    And I don't know about you guys but the only question I get asked when buying in Texas is "Paper or plastic?"
     
  20. tmknecht

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    In Wisconsin wal-marts, they always ask "pistol or rifle?" I always say rifle, even when purchasing 45ACP:)
     
  21. Ben86

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    Oh come on, your skewing the results! ;)
     
  22. DammitBoy

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    I buy walmart ammo all the time here in mississippi - they don't ask me anything about pistol or rifle. They still restrict sales to six boxes though...
     
  23. Ben86

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    That's odd, my local store lifted the box restriction now that supply is back up. But, they've been asking age since I can remember. Maybe it's up to the discretion of the store manager.
     
  24. Jesse Heywood

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    They don't ask those question here. Only ammo Wallyworld sells around here is for shotguns.
     
  25. x1wildone

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    just tell them it's on the box 22LR,
    Looooooooong rifle
     
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