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Bushmaster AR-15 Pulled From Walmart Website, Manufacturer To Be Sold

Walmart to stop selling Bushmaster AR-15

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, retail giant Walmart has pulled the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle from its online store. The Bushmaster was the primary weapon used by Adam Lanza in the killing of 20 children and six more adults.

Though Walmart has pulled the weapon off its webstore, the chain sells the rifle in-store at 1,700 locations, reports The Nation.

Additionally, the private equity firm Cerberus has put the US firearms maker Freedom Group up for sale following the Sandy Hook shooting. Freedom Group includes Bushmaster, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15. The company was bought by Cerberus in 2006, who added another 10 firearms manufacturers to the group, reports CNN.

“It is apparent that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a watershed event that has raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level,” said Cerberus Capital Management.

Translation? No more money to be made here. Let’s pack up and go.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, sells more firearms and ammunition than any national competitor. Walmart stopped selling guns at roughly one-third of its stores in 2006, citing low demand, but then expanded gun sales from 1,300 stores to 1,750 stores in 2011. Demand for guns went up in 2008 and since November 2012, partially out of fear of new gun control legislation being introduced by the Obama Administration.

One Walmart protestor finds it deplorable that the retailer sells guns alongside other helpful and affordable products. “Don’t try to sell me an apple and a gun at the same 
time,” said Bertha Lewis. “Don’t tell me that you’re trying to give fresh fruit and vegetables to people so that they can have a healthy life, and then you turn around and on the next counter you have instruments of death.”

Do you think that Walmart made the right call by dropping the Bushmaster? Should they stop selling guns altogether?

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18 Responses to “Bushmaster AR-15 Pulled From Walmart Website, Manufacturer To Be Sold”

  1. Chris Newcomer

    How did you whinners get to Walmart? In an instrument of death like your car? Crazed drivers have been known to mow down people with a car, so let's sue the car manufacturers and ban them from ownership.

  2. Tim King Jr

    That's what I heard to, Jeff. Perhaps they should stop manufacturing and selling the car he drove, along with the brand of clothes and shoes he had on as well. Surely those items are responsible as well, according to the logic the fanatics are using.

  3. Arron Bates

    it wasn't in the trunk, they found three semi-autos next to him where he lay. but what is known is the coroners report that each victim shot multiple times, one of them was shot 11 times.

  4. Diana Ball Burdette

    The AR was found beside him and at the press conference given by the ME he said all of the autopsy's he had performed (7 I think) were inflicted with multiple gun shots wounds using the AR… so to me that says that it was his primary weapon. There may have been another one in the car but one of the 3 he had with/beside him was definately the AR-15.

  5. Anonymous

    I just finished reading the article about the young lady who lost her older sister at the school shooting. Reading that my heart went out to her and her family as well as all the other family's who lost a child, sister, or brother. I have to say this is the most horded thing to happen in the U.S. since 9/11, but for a company to sale another company because one of the guns made by the company was used in the killing of the 20 children and 6 adults is absurd. If you look back through history a gun has NEVER killed anyone, the person holding the gun is the killer. I'm a gun owner I have been around guns all my life, I'm also a proud member of the NRA. I do think the one page background check that is done now to buy a gun is way past it's prime, and I would be all in favor of a more in-depth background check for anyone wanting to buy a gun in the U.S.

  6. Joe Mastripolito

    "Instruments of death"…what a joke. So are the knives on aisle 12, the golf clubs in sporting goods, the oxycontin sold out of the pharmacy, etc…. You going to ban those too? You cant stop every psychopath out there no matter what you do without giving up every freedom you have. We have not reached that level yet, and for the nation's sake I hope we never become that stupid.

  7. Erik Shafer

    Walmart sold junk weapons anyway. Also in the news: Boeing to stop manufacturing passenger jets because their jets were used in the 9/11 attacks.

  8. Anonymous

    You should sell what SELLS. It is legal to own and legal to sell NOW. Wait till Obama says STOP.

  9. Ed Tact

    Two weekends ago there were several of these Bushmasters in the case at my local Wally World. They are no longer there and the store gun rep won't say when/if they are getting any more in. Not that I care, because I already have a S&W AR-15 (M&P 15 OR MOE). And if I want to buy one or more additional ones (which I'm seriously pondering now, among other weapons and ammo before prices skyrocket), I can easily do so at Cabela's or Bass Pro Shops, or at any of my local gun shops.

    If you were ever debating buying an assault rifle, you better get in line now and plan on stocking up on ammo. For now 30-round clips are still easy to find, but that will likely change soon too. This reminds me of the rush to buy in 1993-94 when Clinton signed the assault weapons ban (and I bought an AK-47 back then with several 30-round clips).

  10. Patrick Frye

    This will just push business toward the smaller shops. The guns were sold in the sports section, right next to bows and arrows, knives, and other hunting objects.

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