Walmart said it is removing ammunition and firearms from sales floors.
The move is being done as a “precaution” and comes just ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election and following recent racial unrest over the police shooting of a 27-year old Black man in Philadelphia.
“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” Walmart said in a statement to USA Today. “These items do remain available for purchase by customers.”
The change was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, sells guns at about half its 4,700 locations. It stopped carrying semi-automatic rifles in 2015 and, three years later, raised the minimum age to purchase firearms or ammunitions to 21.
This is the second time in the last six months Walmart has pulled gun and ammunition displays. In June, the displays were removed after the police-involved death of Minnesota man George Floyd prompted widespread protests and racial unrest.