By Cory Higgs

Walmart joined a growing list of retailers – Kroger, Walgreens and CVS among them – asking customers to refrain from carrying guns in their stores, even if state laws allow for open carry.

The company also will no longer stock certain gun ammunition and is ceasing the sale of handguns in its Alaskan based stores, according to its CEO Doug McMillon.

“We are respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted,” McMillon said. The only individuals allowed to carry in their stores are law enforcement personnel.

McMillon said that all stores nationwide will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber. The ammo is most commonly used in hunting rifles, it can also be loaded into automatic weapons, he added. The move means that current stock will remain in-stores until purchased, but the retailer has no plans of restocking those items.

When announcing the changes, McMillon noted that “a month ago, in El Paso, Texas, a gunman with an assault-style rifle launched a hate-filled attack in our…

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