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Walmart Responds to ‘Suspends Ammo’ story


The blogosphere has exploded with outrage in response to news that Walmart is suspending ammunition sales in anticipation of the Obama administration’s gun-control recommendations to Congress – but the retail giant tells WND the reports aren’t true.

“That information is inaccurate,” said Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman located at Walmart’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

WND then asked whether the retail chain is cutting back on orders of ammunition.

“No,” Hardie said. “We’re continuing to serve our customers as we have in the past.”

She said Walmart’s ammunition sales policy has not changed, even amid talk of gun-control legislation in Washington, D.C.

The uproar began when the InvestmentWatch blog posted a story headlined, “Breaking & confirmed: Walmart is not going to order any more ammo.”

CNS News cited the report, and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned it during his Monday show.

According to the InvestmentWatch report, a man claimed to have visited his local Walmart and noticed the store was “out of almost every kind of ammo.”

“The manager I talked to said they had not heard anything, but she tried to order some .223 as I was standing there. She said the order was being rejected by the corporate office. Said she had never had that happen.”

He added, “She called corporate as I was standing there. And was told this, ‘As of right now Walmart is not going to be making any new orders of ammo because of the upcoming decision on the Second Amendment.’ Said, ‘As of right now we are unsure of what new legislation might be coming, and because of this, we are suspending new orders. We will continue to sell what is already in stock in stores and at our distribution centers, but any new orders will not be shipped until the issue is resolved.’

“So after they run out, there will be no restocking until Obama makes his decision. How’s that change working out for you now?”

The InvestmentWatch posting also included an audio recording which was purportedly taken as a man called Walmart’s customer service line.

“I went to my local Walmart to go get some ammunition, and they said they were out,” the caller said. “I was looking for .223. Are you all still going to be selling ammunition? The lady seemed confused about whether they were going to get any more in stock.”

The person claiming to be a Walmart representative can be heard saying, “You know, there is going to be a new policy change, according to the federal gun control act, the new law that the president’s getting ready to enact.”

The caller then asked, “Well, you don’t have any idea what that says, do you? Is that saying you’re no longer going to carry ammunition?”

The man responded, “To be honest with you, I don’t know what the policy is going to be, but I know they, but I was told they’re going to be reviewing it.”

WND has not been able to verify whether the man on the call was, in fact, a customer service representative for Walmart.

Meanwhile, WND reader Sam Singleton said his local Walmart in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has a very short supply of ammunition. According to Singleton, the store claimed it had received a letter from corporate headquarters on the issue.

“The clerk said they only had what was left on the shelf and that there was a ‘hard lock’ on the reorders. She said they hadn’t been getting any replenishment and that just today the store had received a letter from the corporate office stating that they would not be able to order any replenishment of ammunition, other than some for shotguns.

“She said they were not stocking anything that could be used in an ‘assault-type rifle.’ I said, ‘This is ammunition I use for practice,’ and she said they were just told there was a ‘hard lock’ on ammo sales.”

Another WND reader, Patrick Clemons, reported a similar experience today after he visited the Walmart in Folsom, Calif.

Earlier today, the CNS News report on the story had been linked by WND. Under the posting, more than 400 concerned readers had commented under the post.

The following are some of those comments:

  • If I cannot buy ammo at Walmart, my wife can do no shopping there at all. That is not arbitrary, that is the rule of my home.
  • Sounds like what happens in a dictatorship doesn’t it?
  • It saddens me to see this happen. It is clearly a first step toward a socialistic takeover of our once great nation. Buy ammo where you can and seriously consider learning to reload your own. You don’t have to stop selling weapons if there is no ammunition to fire.
  • Walmart is mainstream, and the sales of ammo there are as American as apple pie.
  • I believe Walmart was threatened.
  • If Walmart knuckles under to the administration on this, I won’t set foot in the place again. I hope Sam Walton figures the Chinese will support his enterprise.
  • TRAITORS! Ban Wally’s World.
  • Boycott Walmart, dump their stock.
  • The cowards capitulate in the face of tyranny. Remember this and spend your money accordingly.


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12 Responses to Walmart Responds to ‘Suspends Ammo’ story

  1. NC says:

    I don’t know what to think just yet, but I will go to Walmart tomorrow and ask about this to verify for myself what is going on and get back to everyone on it as far as things go in Texas. Maybe others can do the same.

    • chris says:

      The guy at the ammo counter yesterday said that it wasn’t true that they were just waiting on the manufacturers to ship them more ammo.

      the only way to find out for sure is to see if they restock.

      Almost all the ammo sites are out right now and haven’t restocked it would only make sense that walmart hasn’t gotten anything in yet either.

  2. Brad says:

    The way the legislation being proposed is written, any liability from mis-use of a product goes back to the manufacturer. So, the manufacturer’s are waiting to see what happens before producing more product. There are a “very” few companies with a strong screw you attitude that are producing all they can make….

    So, the problem isn’t that Wal-mart has changed their attitude about selling firearms and related, rather, it is that there is no product to sell.

    Until we find out what legislation is passed into law, there will be shortages of everything. What exist….is all there is….until we know what happens.

    Profit margins on firearms / ammo / accessories are still less than JC Penney’s charges for clothes… buy what you need / want as long as you are not borrowing money to do so.

    The Wal-mart people are likely one of the companies with a strong screw you attitude but they don’t make the products they sell. If you look at the guy (Raul Walters) whose name is on the property Wal-mart uses, you’ll find he was a very active competitor in

    I also know some of the current Wal-mart generation are strong advocates of the 2nd amendment and actively enjoy firearms.

    I am not a fan of Wal-mart because they destroy local business’s but they are not likely to be the problem with this situation.

  3. diggerdan says:

    @ Brad @ 8:48pm, what do they mean by use-misuse of a product. You know that back in the old days – I think it was – that the Japs would use salt as a way for the pow`s – in one of them world wars – as a way of giving the prisoners a choice of a cup of salt saturated with water or a bullet. I guess my point is is that we all can use pretty much anything as a deadly product if we miss use it. Oh yea, Walmart dosen`t make anything they sell as far as I have heard. By the way – the manufacture has to have a distributer to sell their product they make so therefor the distributer is as bad as the manufacturer if they sell it and Wallyworld is well known for selling sweat shop products.

  4. Anonymous Coward says:

    Walmart is almost out of ammo in Idaho. They are COMPLETELY out of most calibers like 9mm, 10mm, 45 acp. etc, etc. I was told last night that the distribution centers have NO ammo left in stock. Seems odd that the feds can place a request for 2 billion rounds and have it filled within 1 week, yet the increased demand from the retail market has ZERO effect on output. I smell a rat.

  5. Bob says:

    WalMart Manager in Simpsonville SC says the rumors are false. He claims that during the meeting with Biden Wal Mart was asked to stop selling AR’s and Ammo and Wal Mart emphatically said NO we will not stop selling these items.

  6. Joe says:

    I can’t wait for knife, axe, and chainsaw liability laws that hold the manufacturer responsible when they cut the wrong thing.

    So this all stemmed from “a man” a single, anonymous person, claiming all this.

    Well if I owned a gun shop, I might try to make a claim like that to drive people away from Walmart.

    Remember the breathless claim 6 months ago that everyone was out of ammo?

  7. oldvet says:

    Our little rural Wallyworld here said they would/should have the next truck in by Friday this week. It was explained to me that ammo orders are not separate ship and delivery items….all stock comes in on 1 or 2 truck deliveries every week… special deliveries as such. In other words the ammo may be in the shipment with Dog Food, kitchen Appliances and ladies wear. They also said the amount receivable was reduced……only 25 boxes of .223 were coming this time as opposed to 50 or so normally .
    In our area…(very rural) walmart is about the only option for ammo, dog food,..and such unless one wants to drive 40 some miles to a hardware store or whatever to get basic needs. I have heard some folks here rag on others about shopping there at walmart . I know everybody situation is different so I wont go there. But If a man buy Federal or Winchester Ammo,..that money goes to the manufacturer…not China
    I dont like walmarts policies or their politics…they have shut down our local Sportsman outdoor shop and the only Hardware store we had.
    I dont like it but they do provide 125 local jobs…jobs to people who would be on unemployment or food stamps otherwise.
    .It wasnt all their fault either…we had 3 local textile mills shutter their doors 4 years ago.(they were our only job sources…and they were as ruthless as walmart)… and yes,,.they did shut down 2 mom and pop stores,..but WalMart was not what killed our economy and jobs sources around here,..NAFTA did.

  8. MS says:

    I looked online last Thursday 01/10/13 at all Walmarts in my area in South Texas for some CCI Mini-Mag 22LR bullets. Online showed 1 out of 6 had it in stock. When I got there 15min later, they were out of stock. The worker checked the shelves and went to the back and said they were completely out of that brand as well as all 22LR ammo. I asked her when they would be getting a shipment in and she said there was no ETA. Just check back. I called the rest and they were out as well. I can understand after Christmas and Sandy Hook was probably largest recorded sales anywhere but this is getting old.

  9. Dave says:

    I don’t want to sound harsh to those scrambling for ammo now, but what the hell have you people been waiting for?
    This issue has been festering for a few years now with the election of Obama back in 2008 alone, not including what appears to be a staged or at least exaggerated Sandy Hook.
    Woulda shoulda coulda…

  10. Logan Fyfe says:

    Smell’s fishy this WalMart pledge to hire all honorably discharged veterans on the heels of meeting with Biden. Looks like an attempt to placate veterans hornswoggled in unconstitutional wars, with good reason to be disgruntled and possessing the skills to resist additional abuses. Now these vets are reduced to working in a Chinese factory outlet.

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