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Wal-Mart To Create Gun Buyer Database

Friday, April 18, 2008

Recently, Wal-Mart joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gathering of Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, to announce a series of changes to the way in which Wal-Mart handles firearm transactions. At the press event, J.P. Suarez, chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said: “The costs are, we think, part of what it takes to be responsible.” Suarez also added, "This is not a signal that we're getting out of firearms."

Once these changes are up and running, firearm purchases at Wal-Mart will involve a video record of the sale, which the store will keep on file -- effectively creating a video database of gun purchasers. In addition, Wal-Mart announced that its employees will be given discretion to deny firearms purchases to anyone who has had a firearm traced by BATFE for any reason -- including those who have had a firearm stolen and later used in criminal activity.

Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President, said, “I view it as a public relations stunt that stigmatizes law-abiding firearms purchasers exercising their constitutional freedoms. I honestly think it's a corporation trying to curry favor with politicians as opposed to doing anything meaningful about stopping crime.”

If you’d like to let Wal-Mart know what you think about their new policy, please contact them by phone, at (800) 925-6278; or electronically, at http://www.walmartstores.com/contactus/feedback.aspx.
 

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We need to pass this on to all the people we know who use firearms and to any gun clubs we belong to. If we put enough pressure on Wal-Mart they will change.

Also if you are not a NRA member you need to join. It's is the gun owners biggest lobby.
 

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This has been making the rounds on many boards!
WalMart is as "big brother" a corp as you'll ever find! Control, freaks in every way with their employees as well as customers........ when they can get away with it!
All while they continue to put middle and small size businesses under! Many of those businesses were gun shops now long gone!

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I do see a big problem with our current system of purchasing firearms. I am not sure if Wal-Marts system is good or bad. I believe firearms should NOT be sold or possessed by anyone with a violent past, used firearms as part of a crime, etc. Our current system only prevents these people from buying from a dealer, as a dealer is required to do the NICS check. This system is easily bypassed, as nothing prevents a non-dealer from buying and selling a firearms to whoever he pleases.

I do think we need some kind of control to reduce the firearms in the hands of criminals, perhaps all gun transfers should be done through a dealer, so a NICS can be preformed. Also implement a three strikes system, where if you lose possession of a firearm (a non-recorded transfer), and it ends up being used in a criminal offense, on the third strike your firearm purchases should be denied pending an investigation. This would prevent "good" people from selling guns on the black-market and claiming them all stolen.

As I stated, I don't know what should be done, I just know that guns shouldn't be sold to certain people, and the fact that I can legally buy and sell a firearm to whom ever I please is wrong.
 

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How exactly will walmart know who has had a gun stolen and used in a crime? The nics check coming back ok is the federal ok for someone to buy a gun. I don't think walmart employees should have the power to override that.
 

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I would like to boycott Wal-Mart's firearm dept, but they very convenient to stop at on the way to the range...
 

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Keith; I agree,
sometimes aggravating when 'sporting dept' worker isn't there. All in all convenient for ammo.





Keith this makes 100:) LIBRARY:)
 

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I won't buy a gun at WallyWorld anymore except---- It would have to be a Ruger exclusive I can't get anywhere else and I have the 'fever'. Like the last time with the K10/22. The hassle of doing their dance and being escorted out the store with my new purchase was just toooo much.
I do buy the 22 ammo there - 'cause it's convenient and cheap.
They will know what I think about their new policy.
 

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How exactly will walmart know who has had a gun stolen and used in a crime? The nics check coming back ok is the federal ok for someone to buy a gun. I don't think walmart employees should have the power to override that.
The way I heard it explained, was when the police do a BATF trace on a stolen gun and find out you originally purchased it at WalMart, that information will be shared with WalMart. So, the clerk at the sporting goods counter checks their computer system and finds out that that you once bought a gun with them, and the cops later did a trace on that gun. The clerk will have the ability to refuse to sell you another gun. It has nothing to do with the NICS check. And-by-the way, smile for the video camera.

Last week I bought 100 rounds of .38 special at a local gun store and sent WalMart corporate offices a photo copy of the receipt, along with a letter explaining the lost sale to them, and the reason they lost that sale and future sales. Just another reason to do your business with local gun stores, even though it may cost a bit more to do so. In the long run, it helps the little, local gun shop stay in business.

 
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