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(Reuters)   Walmart decides that maybe it's best if they tuck all their guns and ammo safely behind the counter rather than in display cases for the next little while   (reuters.com) divider line
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2020-06-03 6:23:33 PM  
The irony that Walmart immediately moved to protect its guns more then it ever did to protect its employees is such a classically American thing.
 
2020-06-03 9:32:21 PM  
Awwww. Ain't that cute.
 
2020-06-03 9:35:47 PM  
Their gun selection sucks and you can never find anyone to open the ammo cabinets. Nbd, but probably a prudent idea.
 
2020-06-03 9:39:35 PM  
No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.
 
2020-06-03 9:42:09 PM  

FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.


Forgot to add, this has been the case for a long time, not just recently.
 
2020-06-03 9:43:30 PM  

FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.


I was surprised that the Walmart in Mountain View sells ammo (no guns). I was also surprised how many small gun store are on the El Camino drag throughout both Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised? I haven't seen any ranges but I bet a few of the gun stores have something like a 3 yard range.
 
2020-06-03 9:47:47 PM  

BumpInTheNight: The irony that Walmart immediately moved to protect its guns more then it ever did to protect its employees is such a classically American thing.


or maybe they just thought....huh? maybe if the store gets looted, we might not want to be responsible if the rioters go and shoot some of those covid shut ins.......
 
2020-06-03 9:47:55 PM  

Stibium: Their gun selection sucks and you can never find anyone to open the ammo cabinets. Nbd, but probably a prudent idea.


The selection at the Stillwater Ok Wally World is actually pretty good for a Walmart. They had a couple brands that I actually recognized. I know this because I lost (nails) two tires on the same side of a trailer exactly equidistant from Stillwater and Tulsa. Got new tires there.

/ what, you may ask, is exactly equidistant from Tulsa and Stillwater? Not a god damn thing.
 
2020-06-03 9:49:10 PM  
p.s.

what are all you people doing in a walmart in the first place?
 
2020-06-03 9:50:10 PM  

FarkingSmurf: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

Forgot to add, this has been the case for a long time, not just recently.


Walmart has been getting out of the gun business for a while.
 
2020-06-03 9:52:14 PM  

nullptr: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

I was surprised that the Walmart in Mountain View sells ammo (no guns). I was also surprised how many small gun store are on the El Camino drag throughout both Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised? I haven't seen any ranges but I bet a few of the gun stores have something like a 3 yard range.


Sunnyvale Rod and Gun Club and I think the other Range is Mountain View.
 
2020-06-03 9:55:07 PM  
I like how they say that they are moving the ammo to a more secure location.  Why isn't this ALWAYS in practice??
 
2020-06-03 9:57:04 PM  
I didn't read that as "tuck." So, things were weird for a bit.
 
2020-06-03 9:57:40 PM  
it is my 2nd amendment right to get my guns wherever i want. in fact, i'm suing crackle barrel because they don't sell em there.
 
2020-06-03 10:01:06 PM  

nullptr: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

I was surprised that the Walmart in Mountain View sells ammo (no guns). I was also surprised how many small gun store are on the El Camino drag throughout both Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised? I haven't seen any ranges but I bet a few of the gun stores have something like a 3 yard range.


Heh, I used to live and work in Sunnyvale pretty near Mathilda and Central Expressway, where the Apple building is now.  I used to swing by Lee's Sandwiches and pick up two sandwiches, usually a bbq pork and a vegetarian, and bring one home for dinner.  Oh, and like 8 little tubs of garlic chili sauce.  Yummm.  They were like $2.50 each at the time which sounds cheap, and even in 2007-2008 it was, but the sandwiches really weren't worth more than that.  I lived out of state for 7 or 8 years and moved back to San Mateo about 3 years ago, and sometimes just out of nostalgia I'll head over there and pick up some sandwiches.  They've raised their prices substantially though, and given that I've since learned how to bake baguettes and order garlic chili sauce from amazon there's really no reason to go back unless I'm in the area.

You'll see some funny shops along El Camino Real in San Carlos, like cowboy gear and saddles and horse stuff.
 
2020-06-03 10:01:39 PM  

flart blooger: p.s.

what are all you people doing in a walmart in the first place?


scoring chicks, man.
 
2020-06-03 10:12:33 PM  

iaazathot: I didn't read that as "tuck." So, things were weird for a bit.


It's more interesting if you don't tuck.

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2020-06-03 10:12:51 PM  

nullptr: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

I was surprised that the Walmart in Mountain View sells ammo (no guns). I was also surprised how many small gun store are on the El Camino drag throughout both Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised? I haven't seen any ranges but I bet a few of the gun stores have something like a 3 yard range.


This'll really make you laugh.  When I lived in Sunnyvale before, 2008-ish, I rented a 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 1100-ish square foot two floor townhouse (bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, with a guest bathroom downstairs) for $1600/mo.  Now the exact same floor plan at the exact same complex is $3500.
 
2020-06-03 10:17:36 PM  
Funny. I asked our local ww gun guy if they carried a specific type of rifle ammo and he just said "Can't sell it anyway". I said 'fine, but that isn't what I asked'. He told me about the new policy and how there are a "lot of idiots in the world".

/My follow up of "what, you mean without badges?" wasn't well received.
//CSB?
 
2020-06-03 10:19:03 PM  

i ignore u: nullptr: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

I was surprised that the Walmart in Mountain View sells ammo (no guns). I was also surprised how many small gun store are on the El Camino drag throughout both Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised? I haven't seen any ranges but I bet a few of the gun stores have something like a 3 yard range.

This'll really make you laugh.  When I lived in Sunnyvale before, 2008-ish, I rented a 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 1100-ish square foot two floor townhouse (bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, with a guest bathroom downstairs) for $1600/mo.  Now the exact same floor plan at the exact same complex is $3500.


The rent where I live in the East Bay has about doubled  in that amount of time.  On the plus side, I have an indoor range less than a mile away.  It was a happy addition a few years after I moved in.
 
2020-06-03 10:22:55 PM  
My local PA Wally hid its cash and only debit and credit accepted for payment today. A planned protest in the Southills didn't result in violence or looting.
LA Fitness boarded up its windows in anticipation..
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Walking off with a highend treadmill was not in the cards for me this day.
 
2020-06-03 10:33:50 PM  

flart blooger: p.s.

what are all you people doing in a walmart in the first place?


"You people"? You need to apologize.
 
2020-06-03 10:35:15 PM  
I thought that the NRA might be pissed that Wallmart is suggesting that guns are dangerous but then I realize that they're all afraid Black people might get their hands on them.
 
2020-06-03 10:35:26 PM  
Why? Are guns dangerous or something?  Shouldn't they be handing them out?  What happened to an armed society is a polite society?  Unless... unless that was all bullcrap... and guns are actually dangerous and having them available everywhere and all the time is a really dumb idea!
 
2020-06-03 10:37:11 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: iaazathot: I didn't read that as "tuck." So, things were weird for a bit.

It's more interesting if you don't tuck.

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2020-06-03 10:38:26 PM  

EngineerBob: nullptr: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

I was surprised that the Walmart in Mountain View sells ammo (no guns). I was also surprised how many small gun store are on the El Camino drag throughout both Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised? I haven't seen any ranges but I bet a few of the gun stores have something like a 3 yard range.

Sunnyvale Rod and Gun Club and I think the other Range is Mountain View.


There's also a range in south San Jose and another, Los Altos rod and gun club, on Skyline Blvd. Lots of ranges in the Bay Area.

Haven't been there in decades, but Kerleys hunting and fishing was always the coolest gun place to go. They had all sorts of stuffed critters there, including a bear on its back feet. Can't recall if they were on El Camino or Deanza, but they're in Sunnyvale now. Worth the drive if they still have all those critters. Can't comment on the guns they have as we only went there for fishing stuff.
 
2020-06-03 10:38:42 PM  

crinz83: it is my 2nd amendment right to get my guns wherever i want. in fact, i'm suing crackle barrel because they don't sell em there.


You sure? Meet behind the dumpster out back at midnight. Bring cash.
 
2020-06-03 10:39:10 PM  
I read that as "the next little white".

Probly still correct.

/white
 
2020-06-04 12:10:36 AM  

crinz83: it is my 2nd amendment right to get my guns wherever i want. in fact, i'm suing crackle barrel because they don't sell em there.


fk yeah ATF should be a machine right next to the ATM
 
2020-06-04 12:30:05 AM  

talkertopc: I thought that the NRA might be pissed that Wallmart is suggesting that guns are dangerous but then I realize that they're all afraid Black people might get their hands on them.


Gun rights advocates are dropping the NRA and joining the Second Amendment Foundation.  The NRA should just stick to their gun safety programs, which are actually quite good.  They've screwed up protecting rights of all people too many times.

https://www.saf.org/
 
2020-06-04 1:28:37 AM  

Stibium: Their gun selection sucks and you can never find anyone to open the ammo cabinets. Nbd, but probably a prudent idea.


a trip to the hardware section will get you a hammer to open the ammo cabinet.

But they really don't like that.

Which reminds me, I could use a 100 round white box of Winchester 9mm and .45. Might have to go tomorrow. To the one that will still let me in, anyway.

I'll bring a hammer.
 
2020-06-04 1:57:12 AM  

talkertopc: I thought that the NRA might be pissed that Wallmart is suggesting that guns are dangerous but then I realize that they're all afraid Black people might get their hands on them.


No, they are afraid that they will be stolen.  Period. Why must everything be racist in your eyes?
 
2020-06-04 1:57:46 AM  

MythDragon: Which reminds me, I could use a 100 round white box of Winchester 9mm and .45.


100 rounds?  Those are rookie numbers.
 
2020-06-04 4:00:33 AM  

FarkingSmurf: FarkingSmurf: No walmarts near me sell guns except for airsoft guns.  Not even out in the sticks and not even shotguns which are like the beer of firearms.  I don't know if it's a state law thing or what and I live in a gun humping state.  They do sell ammo though.

Forgot to add, this has been the case for a long time, not just recently.


I have lived in states where all the Walmarts sell guns and states where none of them sell guns.  It probably is a state law thing.  I also heard that regional and store general managers both get a veto on selling or not selling guns, if they think it is a wrong fit for the community, or if the red tape does not make it worth it.

I also remember they used to sell handguns, until around 1990 give or take a few years, when a song came out that had a lyric about someone taking a life with a pistol they bought at Walmart, and the song shamed them enough that they stopped.  They also stopped selling assault rifle style guns, and certain types of ammo because of cases where it came out that weapons and ammo used in mass shootings were bought from them.  I think in a few years they will be completely out of the gun business.
 
2020-06-04 6:59:09 AM  

MythDragon: Stibium: Their gun selection sucks and you can never find anyone to open the ammo cabinets. Nbd, but probably a prudent idea.

a trip to the hardware section will get you a hammer to open the ammo cabinet.

But they really don't like that.

Which reminds me, I could use a 100 round white box of Winchester 9mm and .45. Might have to go tomorrow. To the one that will still let me in, anyway.

I'll bring a hammer.


Wallymart stopped selling ar15 type and ammo and handgun ammo late december last year.
They sell shotgun ammo, hunting rilfe ammo, and .22 cal only now.
 
2020-06-04 7:15:56 AM  
In the "Unintended Consequences" file:  Walmart's exit from most of the ammo market has been a boon to Mom & Pop gun shops.  They weren't able to compete with Walmart's economy of scale, but that doesn't matter if Walmart refuses to carry it.

I hate to say it, but the anti-gun loons are the best gun salesmen out there.  I realize that most of you don't know Jack about the arms industry, so a short bit of background:  Prior to the passage of the '94 AWB, semi-auto versions of EBRs were a real rarity.  Once the Democrats said "you can't have those", demand skyrocketed, even after the statute sunsetted.

The more the anti-gunners bleat, the more people want whatever they're biatching about.

Additionally, your standard rules of a black market apply.  For example, my understanding of the situation in California is that something like a third of the guns seized are "80% receiver" guns that are un-serialized.  Not "the serial number's been defaced" guns, but the "it's never had a serial attached to it" jobs...They're even legal in most of the country.

Prohibition's never worked.
 
2020-06-04 11:34:25 AM  

retrobruce: talkertopc: I thought that the NRA might be pissed that Wallmart is suggesting that guns are dangerous but then I realize that they're all afraid Black people might get their hands on them.

No, they are afraid that they will be stolen.  Period. Why must everything be racist in your eyes?


Wal*Mart is afraid of things being stolen, because liability and $$$.  They're a business, and Wal*Mart's self-interest is the only thing that guides their decisions.  The NRA... eh... let's just remember that old-school (like 100 years ago) gun control was about keeping firearms out of the hands of African-Americans.  And to this day, do African-Americans enjoy the same Second Amendment rights that white people do, really?  Do you think a black person can show up open-carrying an AR-15 to Target?  The (white) attention-whore clowns who do that just get headlines and dirty looks from patrons.  Ask Philando Castile about exercising 2A while black.  And whether all this is about racism or not.
 
2020-06-04 1:12:58 PM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: In the "Unintended Consequences" file:  Walmart's exit from most of the ammo market has been a boon to Mom & Pop gun shops.  They weren't able to compete with Walmart's economy of scale, but that doesn't matter if Walmart refuses to carry it.

I hate to say it, but the anti-gun loons are the best gun salesmen out there.  I realize that most of you don't know Jack about the arms industry, so a short bit of background:  Prior to the passage of the '94 AWB, semi-auto versions of EBRs were a real rarity.  Once the Democrats said "you can't have those", demand skyrocketed, even after the statute sunsetted.

The more the anti-gunners bleat, the more people want whatever they're biatching about.

Additionally, your standard rules of a black market apply.  For example, my understanding of the situation in California is that something like a third of the guns seized are "80% receiver" guns that are un-serialized.  Not "the serial number's been defaced" guns, but the "it's never had a serial attached to it" jobs...They're even legal in most of the country.

Prohibition's never worked.


So, from the ATF's web page: "In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF." I'm reading this to mean that anyone who is making a DIY weapon is supposed to inform the Feds of their activity, so that, in theory, the Feds know that you intend(ed) to make a weapon that doesn't necessarily have a serial number.  (Of course, the loophole for wrongdoers is that it doesn't appear to require you to have this approval before buying the "80%" parts first.  And... I'm also guessing the sellers of unfinished parts don't check or inform anyone when someone purchases, since, again, they're "paperweights.")

Do I have that right?  This is a gun control issue I'd never even heard of.
 
2020-06-04 1:33:32 PM  
Why is a general store still selling guns and ammo in the 21st century?
 
2020-06-04 1:43:30 PM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: my understanding of the situation in California is that something like a third of the guns seized are "80% receiver" guns that are un-serialized.


While I don't disagree with the majority of your post, I'd really love to see some sourcing for that part.
 
2020-06-04 1:45:02 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Why is a general store still selling guns and ammo in the 21st century?


Because it's legal and there's a demand for it.
 
2020-06-04 1:58:24 PM  

retrobruce: Baloo Uriza: Why is a general store still selling guns and ammo in the 21st century?

Because it's legal and there's a demand for it.


Yeah, well, so's gasoline but I don't see Walmart selling that.
 
2020-06-04 2:00:31 PM  

OgreMagi: talkertopc: I thought that the NRA might be pissed that Wallmart is suggesting that guns are dangerous but then I realize that they're all afraid Black people might get their hands on them.

Gun rights advocates are dropping the NRA and joining the Second Amendment Foundation.  The NRA should just stick to their gun safety programs, which are actually quite good.  They've screwed up protecting rights of all people too many times.

https://www.saf.org/


Socialist Rifle Association seems to be a popular choice in Tulsa.
 
2020-06-04 8:58:27 PM  

Baloo Uriza: retrobruce: Baloo Uriza: Why is a general store still selling guns and ammo in the 21st century?

Because it's legal and there's a demand for it.

Yeah, well, so's gasoline but I don't see Walmart selling that.


Many, if not most Walmarts have gas stations associated with them on their store property.

Guns and ammo are "dry goods" that can go on a shelf or cabinet like any other dry goods product. Perhaps more security around them.

Gasoline, however requires specific storage and dispensers, so they don't carry it inside the stores.

You can, however, purchase propane, kerosene, White gas (coleman fuel), lamp oil and all sorts of other flamable products that traditionally are sold in the can or bottle and can sit on a shelf.
 
2020-06-04 9:08:36 PM  
Here's a years old article about Walmart's plans on opening even more gas stations...
https://csnews.com/walmart-plans-buil​d​-many-gas-stations-possible

Many a time, in many states, I've purchased gas at either Walmart / Sam's Club stations or in the Murphy Oil stations that partnered up with Walmart.

There are even some in Tulsa, OK...
Furries welcome.
 
2020-06-05 12:00:30 AM  

Baloo Uriza: retrobruce: Baloo Uriza: Why is a general store still selling guns and ammo in the 21st century?

Because it's legal and there's a demand for it.

Yeah, well, so's gasoline but I don't see Walmart selling that.


Some do.
 
2020-06-05 12:18:30 AM  

AloysiusSnuffleupagus: Secret Master of All Flatulence: In the "Unintended Consequences" file:  Walmart's exit from most of the ammo market has been a boon to Mom & Pop gun shops.  They weren't able to compete with Walmart's economy of scale, but that doesn't matter if Walmart refuses to carry it.

I hate to say it, but the anti-gun loons are the best gun salesmen out there.  I realize that most of you don't know Jack about the arms industry, so a short bit of background:  Prior to the passage of the '94 AWB, semi-auto versions of EBRs were a real rarity.  Once the Democrats said "you can't have those", demand skyrocketed, even after the statute sunsetted.

The more the anti-gunners bleat, the more people want whatever they're biatching about.

Additionally, your standard rules of a black market apply.  For example, my understanding of the situation in California is that something like a third of the guns seized are "80% receiver" guns that are un-serialized.  Not "the serial number's been defaced" guns, but the "it's never had a serial attached to it" jobs...They're even legal in most of the country.

Prohibition's never worked.

So, from the ATF's web page: "In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF." I'm reading this to mean that anyone who is making a DIY weapon is supposed to inform the Feds of their activity, so that, in theory, the Feds know that you intend(ed) to make a weapon that doesn't necessarily have a serial number.  (Of course, the loophole for wrongdoers is that it doesn't appear to require you to have this approval before buying the "80%" parts first.  And... I'm also guessing the sellers of unfinished parts don't check or inform anyone when someone purchases, since, again, they're "paperweights.")

Do I have that right?  This is a gun control issue I'd never even heard of.


You're referring to guns that must be registered on the NFRTR, as opposed to Title I guns.   It's perfectly legal under Federal law to build a semi-auto for personal use, but you can't sell it, ever.

You can legally build certain types of Title II items (anything BUT a machine gun) but it has to be on an approved Form I, tax paid, prior to construction.
 
2020-06-05 12:24:48 AM  

OgreMagi: MythDragon: Which reminds me, I could use a 100 round white box of Winchester 9mm and .45.

100 rounds?  Those are rookie numbers.


Who shoots a hundred rounds or less at a time?  Hell, that's not even enough to warrant cleaning the damned thing afterwards.
 
2020-06-05 12:26:40 AM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: OgreMagi: MythDragon: Which reminds me, I could use a 100 round white box of Winchester 9mm and .45.

100 rounds?  Those are rookie numbers.

Who shoots a hundred rounds or less at a time?  Hell, that's not even enough to warrant cleaning the damned thing afterwards.


Exactly.  100 rounds is warm up.
 
2020-06-05 12:29:14 AM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: OgreMagi: MythDragon: Which reminds me, I could use a 100 round white box of Winchester 9mm and .45.

100 rounds?  Those are rookie numbers.

Who shoots a hundred rounds or less at a time?  Hell, that's not even enough to warrant cleaning the damned thing afterwards.


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