SHOCK: Journalist Goes to Walmart to Find Out How Hard It Is to Get a Gun

Friday, August 23, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Jose Nino
Aug 23, 2019

Many gun control advocates and their media allies talk about how acquiring guns in America is easier to do than acquiring over-the-counter medicine.
Hayley Peterson, a journalist for Business Insider, went to a Walmart to find out how easy it is to get a gun.
Walmart is in the news because it was the site of the El Paso massacre, where a gunman killed 22 people.
However, Peterson had a different experience when she visited a Walmart in Virginia. She claimed that her trip to Walmart was “far more complicated than I expected.”
After long inquiries on the phone, Peterson found a Walmart Supercenter in Chesterfield, Virginia where she could acquire a firearm.

She noted that there was “a selection of about 20 rifles and shotguns was displayed in a locked glass case behind the sporting-goods counter” and that the “guns ranged in price from $159 to $474.”
She also observed that the “selection of guns was limited compared with nearby gun stores, which offered dozens of different kinds of firearms, including handguns.”

Walmart discontinued the sale of handguns in the 1990s and stopped selling AR-15s in stores beginning in 2015.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon highlighted Walmart’s gun-sales procedures that go beyond federal mandates, which Peterson details below:

For example, Walmart last year raised the minimum age to purchase a gun or ammunition to 21. Walmart also sells a firearm only after receiving a “green light” on a background check, while federal law requires only the absence of a “red light” after three business days, he said.

McMillon said that Walmart videotapes “the point of sale for firearms, only allow certain associates to sell firearms, and secure firearms in a locking case with individual locks, among other measures.”

After a few minutes of waiting, a Walmart manager arrived at the sales counter and told Peterson that she “could not buy a gun that day because no authorized firearm sellers were scheduled to work.”
A Walmart spokesperson later informed her that employees “must pass both an enhanced criminal background check and annual online training, provided by Walmart, that includes a mock gun transaction.”
Peterson then visited the Walmart on another day to try to purchase a firearm.
She was attended by an authorized seller who charged her for a federal background check and then returned with a form titled “Department of State Police Virginia Firearms Transaction Record.”

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