Walmart announces removal of firearms, ammunition from some stores amid nationwide protests

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A Walmart store is seen on February 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Walmart store is seen on February 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from sales floors in some of its stores following nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died last week at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests erupted across the US, demanding justice for Floyd and an end to police brutality.

Many businesses — including major retailers such as Target — were damaged or looted during the unrest. Cities across the U.S. have imposed curfews in an attempt to avoid violent protests.

“As a responsible seller of hunting and sporting firearms, we have temporarily removed firearms and ammunition from the sales floor in some stores out of an abundance of caution,” Walmart said in a statement to CNN.

Walmart does not sell firearms or ammunition in many of the areas that have experienced issues due to looting, but the retailer made the precautionary move with protests still ongoing.

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