I am sure that Walmart is doing what they think is best for their bottom line. Most of the guns I have seen there were "plain Jane" models with probably low profit margins. Couple that with the time invested in paperwork etc. and the transaction becomes marginal unless there is a decent volume of sales.
I think a lot of the posters here are gun snobs.
Generations of kids grew up buying their first squirrel guns at Sears or K Mart. Wal-Mart is no different. Just because they run a *gasp* successful business doesn't mean they herald the coming of the Prince of Darkness.
And back in the days when you could get a rifle or a pistol at Sears - independent gunsmiths did just fine. Don't blame Wal-Mart because you want to make money on retail margin rather than offering service people will pay for.
The worst thing about Wal Mart removing guns from their stores is that by pushing the gun trade into a specialized niche it takes it out of the mainstream and makes it exotic.
I bought my first gun at Walmart. I am sure that having easy access to a simple inexpensive in a familiar retail environment will allow many others an easy portal into the fun world of gun ownership.
Gun owners who celebrate Wal Mart dropping guns are cutting their own throats.
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