I tried to buy a gun at Walmart twice and roadblocks left me empty-handed both times
- Walmart is facing calls to stop selling guns in the wake of deadly shootings at its stores.
- I went to a Walmart store in Virginia with the intention of buying a gun as part of an investigation into the placement, selection, marketing, security, and sales of firearms in Walmart's stores.
- My journey to bring a gun home from Walmart was more complicated than I expected, and I was left with the impression that the company takes gun security and sales seriously.
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My journey to bring a gun home from Walmart turned out to be far more complicated than I expected.
I hit a road block before I even left the house.
After hours of Googling and phone calls, I finally had a breakthrough and found a Walmart store that sells guns.Advertisement
When I arrived, I looked for the sporting goods department. I found it about 100 steps from the closest entrance to the store.
I spotted guns on display directly under the sign for the department.Advertisement
I told an employee behind the counter that I wanted to buy a gun. They called for a manager.
While I waited, I browsed the supply of air guns near the firearm sales counter.Advertisement
I also browsed the shelves of ammunition. Walmart said recently that it accounts for about 2% of all gun sales and 20% of ammunition sales in the US.
After a few minutes, a Walmart manager arrived at the gun sales counter. She said I could not buy a gun that day because no authorized firearm sellers were scheduled to work.Advertisement
Before I left the store, the manager offered to remove a rifle from the case for me to inspect.
On Thursday, I drove another 30 minutes to Chesterfield, confident that I would successfully purchase a firearm that day.Advertisement
I started filling out the necessary paperwork to buy a gun.
I left the store empty-handed — again.Advertisement
Overall, the experience left me with the impression that the process of buying a gun at Walmart is more complicated than I expected, and that Walmart takes gun sales and security pretty seriously.
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