Teaming up with an organization called Guns Down America (GDA), David Hogg is demanding that Walmart radically change the way it does business.
“I’m calling on Walmart to protect its employees & customers from gun violence. The nations [sic] largest retailer must: 1. Stop selling guns and ammo, 2. Stop giving & to NRA backed lawmakers, 3. Invest in gun buybacks around USA,” wrote Hogg on Twitter Tuesday.
I’m calling on @Walmart to protect its employees & customers from gun violence.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 6, 2019
The nations largest retailer must:
1. Stop selling guns and ammo
2. Stop giving $ to @NRA backed lawmakers
3. Invest in gun buybacks around USA
Join me: https://t.co/xyRqbr5I8c
Walmart said publicly on Monday that it had no plans to amend its approach to selling firearms and ammunition.
“There’s been no change in policy,” Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove told USA Today, noting that its focus right now was on caring for those affected by the shooting in El Paso. “It’s horrible … what’s happened.’’
Over the years, though, the retail giant has made adjustments to its policies during politically charged times. After the shooting in Parkland, Florida last year the company announced that it would no longer sell guns and ammo to anyone under the age of 21.
In 2015, Walmart ended the sale of modern sporting rifles. It also doesn’t sell handguns, except in Alaska, and refuses to transfer a firearm under the “default to proceed” rule that allows FFLs to sell guns to prospective purchasers after three days if the buyer initially receives a “delayed” response during the background check process.
“We’ve always had stringent policies around how we do sell firearms from going above the federal guidelines on approving a customer before we sell the firearm to how we train our associates,” Hargrove added.
But that’s not enough for Hogg and Igor Volsky, the founder of GDA.
“Walmart is such a major player … that if they really decided to lean into this issue, we could see some real change. We should all call on Walmart to do that,” Volsky told MSNBC.
GDA has started a petition called, “Walmart Must Help Build Safer Communities with Fewer Guns.” The organization claims to have over 8,000 signatures, according to a recent news release.