Walmart has just officially announced that they will no longer sell short-barrel and handgun ammunition after it runs out of its current inventory.

In addition to no longer carrying ammunition, Walmart is also asking that customers "refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it" according to KATC.

From the official statement released via walmart.com -

"Today, we’re sharing the decisions we’ve made that go further:

  • After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons;
  • We will sell through and discontinue handgun ammunition; and
  • We will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking our complete exit from handguns."

The decision is in response to recent shootings in Texas, Mississippi, and Ohio.

Walmart says these shootings and their impact on employees led to their decision.

"In Southaven and El Paso, our associates responded to anger and hate with courage and self-sacrifice. Our immediate priorities were supporting our associates and the impacted families and cooperating with law enforcement. In parallel, we have been focused on store safety and security."

You can read more over at walmart.com.