Walmart is pulling violent video game displays from its stores but still carrying guns and ammo. This move comes after August shootings in El Paso and Dayton that left at least 31 people dead.
Though the company is removing the displays, it still plans to sell the controversial video games. The policy change doesn’t apply to the sale or display of firearms, despite pressure from gun reform advocates.
“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past weeks, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” Walmart spokesperson Tara House told CNN Business.
The memo also said the store will stop playing violent movies and shows on TV in its electronics section and will stop playing hunting videos in its sporting goods section.
In 2015, Walmart stopped selling assault-style rifles, three years after the Sandy Hook shooting. In 2018, the company also changed its age policy for buying weapons from 18 to 21 after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. On August 7, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon promised a “thoughtful and deliberate” response to the mass shooting in El Paso and another shooting that left two dead at a Southaven, MS store.
“We will work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southhaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence,” he stated.