Walmart moves guns, ammunition in some stores to secure area

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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 11: A sign hangs outside Walmart store on January 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart announced today it would use savings from the recently revised tax law to increase their starting wage to $11-per-hour, offer some hourly employees a one-time bonus up to $1000, expand maternity and parental leave benefits and will begin to offer adoption assistance. The company also disclosed today that it would be closing 63 of its Sam’s Club stores across the US, costing thousands of workers their jobs. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at some of its stores.

The move comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd that has set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans. The company said the move was done out of an abundance of caution.

The nation’s largest retailer said these items remain available for purchase, but are being stored in a secure room. The discounter doesn’t sell any firearms in many of the major urban markets experiencing issues due to looting.

Walmart, along with other big chains like Target, CVS, and Apple, had temporarily closed or limited hours at some locations for safety reasons or because they were looted or damaged.

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