Im really not sure what to make of this news being reported that Walmart is imposing a limit on the amount of ammunition a customer can purchase in its stores. On one hand, I like they are limiting the amount of ammunition, but I wish they would limit it even more. Due to a high demand, Walmart was forced to limit each customer to 3 boxes per customer per day.
3 boxes? Per customer? Per day?
First… that should be a much greater limit. Like… 3 boxes per month. If not 1 box per month. Exactly how many bullets does one person need to own at any one given time? Do you really need a stockpile of ammunition just to go hunt? I dont think so. If you are that bad of a shot.. go take lessons.
Second… What is stopping an individual from going from one Walmart to another to buy 3 more boxes? Or from Walmart to a gun shop to buy more bullets? There needs to be a tracking mechanism nationally and across all outlets to track who is purchasing what, when and to what degree. I will have to research further, but I do not believe that takes place today.
Here is the story from Vibe.com:
Walmart Puts Purchase Limit On Ammunition
Folks feining for ammo are apparently flocking to Wal-mart. The one-stop-shop retail giant has imposed a cap on ammunition after demand for bullets increased.
The company had limited customers to three boxes of ammo per day, Reuters reports. “In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting Thursday, Jan. 24, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time,” Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said.
Wal-mart locations have reportedly run out of ammo after the hike in demand. To keep things fair for customers, the company is limiting the supply. However, should they re-up their stock, the purchase limit may change.
“Over the years we have been very purposeful about striking the right balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that we sell firearms responsibly. In fact, we became a charter member of Mayor Bloomberg’s coalition against illegal guns and adopted the 10-point code established by the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership that goes beyond what the law requires,” Tovar said.
The City Wire reports that Walmart currently sells more guns and ammunition than any other retailer in the U.S. Though firearms were pulled from majority of its locations in 2006, the company put ammo back on the shelf two years ago.