It boils down to this: Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wouldn’t have been able to legally acquire a firearm if he had gone to Walmart.
As it turns out, the worldwide superstore chain has some pretty strict gun regulations, stricter even than what is required by the federal government. Although the government allows a firearm transfer if the FBI doesn’t return the background check within three business days, Walmart doesn’t.
Their stance? Wait it out. Walmart refuses to sell a firearm until the background check clears. Period. That means Roof, who had a felony drug charge on his record, would have been turned away at Walmart.
Unfortunately, however, that wasn’t the case. Roof went somewhere else to purchase his gun and he slipped through the cracks after the FBI exceeded their time limit to return the background check.
But Walmart’s stance on background checks isn’t a response to Charleston. In fact, the company instituted the policy way back in 2002.
On top of that, they also mandate anyone employee who sells firearms to undergo special training and get a background check. Oh, and the employees also record and store the data from the sales “to trace guns sold by the company that are later linked to crimes.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, recently threw Walmart under the bus (and young people) when he inanely commented that he’s “not terribly confident that a 21-year-old Walmart clerk is going to sell guns responsibly or be able to give customers the kind of advice they need on how to responsibly use that gun.”
Really? Because it sounds like Walmart has it pretty much under control.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)