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Yes, you can still buy ammo at Wal-Mart

posted at 9:58 am on January 20, 2013 by

We’re still getting e-mails wondering why we haven’t condemned Wal-Mart for caving to the Obama administration and suspending sales of ammunition.  Well, it’s because it never happened.  This rumor started about a week ago, and an announcement from Wal-Mart earlier this week revealed it as entirely false: reported Monday that Walmart had suspended further ammunition orders until the findings of the Biden gun-control task force are released.

To set the record straight: Walmart tells that the store’s ammunition policy has not changed.

“We continue to offer that product to our customers and you know, we’ll continue to do so,” Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, told us on Tuesday. “We haven’t made any changes in the product mix in that category.”

Walmart continues to stock and sell ammo in its stores, he confirmed.

And in areas of the country where Wal-Mart sells ammunition and firearms, “We’re committed to do so responsibly and safely,” Lundberg said. “We certainly understand there are sportsmen and hunters out there who use these products responsibly, and we want to continue to meet their needs while also continuing to make sure that we’re selling these products in a safe and responsible manner.”

It’s true that a recent run on ammo sales have left some retailers short on stock, but that will rectify itself when the buying spree slows down.  Wal-Mart may be one of the retailers affected, but based on my personal dealings with the chain as a (minor) vendor, I’d guess that they have pretty tough terms with suppliers that put them first in line for any new shipments.  In any case, Wal-Mart continues to sell ammo, has no plans to stop doing so, and apparently never did.

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