Nearly 40 years ago I seriously considered buying an AR-15, the civilian, semi-automatic version of the M-16, but not for varmint hunting. I was a 20-something card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association with an attitude. Good sense prevailed and I spent my $300 elsewhere. Conspiracy aficionados notwithstanding there simply is no good reason to own an AR-15. Nor, for that matter, a semi-automatic shotgun with a magazine capacity of more than six rounds. Hell, on board the Bainbridge, the Security Alert Team only carried Remington 870s with four rounds in the tube. All of that is to say that I agree with Walmart's decision to remove Modern Sports Rifles Assault Rifles and semi-auto shotguns with magazine capacity in excess of six rounds, from store shelves. The vast majority of customers will never notice. A few will, unless the score a bargain. Bob Owens, writing in Walmart Stops Selling MSRs, Some Semi-Automatic Shotguns for Bearing Arms, writes:
Walmart has made the decision to sell out their remaining inventory of the discontinued firearms at closeout prices, and we’ve seen claims on the Internet of some lucky Walmart shoppers picking up Bushmaster AR-15s for as low as $250. [Walmart’s Senior Director for Corporate Communications Kory] Lundberg was unable to substantiate those rumors, but did say remaining firearms that are being phased out are being steeply discounted.
It would seem to me that a better plan would have been to sell the weapons at cost to another licensed distributor rather than give someone like my 1970s self a chance to step up his arsenal. While not mentioned in any of the stories I've read, I have to wonder to what degree the case of Trinity Wall Street v. Walmart played in this decision. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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