The minimum is $ 159, and the US supermarket firearms are bought casually? Female reporters found that it was not that simple
After two deadly shooting of 24 people’s deaths in Wal -Mart’s stores, Wal -Mart’s sales of guns have become a hot issue. Since the shot of the shops in El Pasau, Cassas and Southwen City, Mississippi, more than 128,000 people have signed a petition to urge Wal -Mart to stop selling guns and take a tougher stance on the guns. But the company said that there was no plan to stop selling these products.
However, the recent American “Business Insider” female journalist Hayley Peterson went to Wal -Mart to buy a gun, and at the same time surveyed the placement, selection, marketing and security of guns in the Wal -Mart store, and unveiled the retailer to manage the guns from the retailer. Inside the process of sales. From the results of the entire investigation, buying guns from Wal -Mart is much more complicated than the outside world.
Wal -Mart said that of about half of the 4,700 stores in the United States can sell guns. On August 13, Haili Peterson searched on Wal -Mart’s website and Google. I wanted to know which one of the 10 Wal -Mart stores near her house sold guns, but no clear answer was found. The only gun on the Wal -Mart website is air gun, which is non -fatal. About 30 minutes later, the reporter gave up the Internet search and turned to use mobile phones to ask Wal -Mart Supermarket. She believes that employees of Wal -Mart stores will know where to sell guns.
But she was wrong. In an hour and a half, she made a dozen phone calls for a number of stores, waiting for a total of 40 minutes, only connecting one supermarket. The three Wal -Mart employees told me that they did not know which stores in the area sold guns. A person introduced the reporter to the main customer service line of Wal -Mart. Hayli Peterson played that number, and the customer service representative said he couldn’t help me. The customer service representative said: “For various reasons, the company does not want us to discuss this issue.” He refused to explain this in detail and said that he knew that there was at least one “no gun” nearby.
The customer service representative suggested that I call each store separately to see if it sells guns. When the reporter said that it took more than an hour to do this, and when several stores did not answer the phone, the customer service representative said that he could submit a report on a specific location issue.
Finally, some people answered the call at the Wal -Mart Super Center in Cherfield, Virginia. A lady in the sports supplies department confirmed on the phone that you can buy a gun there. Later, when the reporter contacted the media relationship team of Wal -Mart and asked if it was difficult to find a Wal -Mart supermarket that sold guns, a spokesman said that he showed me the website of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives, where there were retail retail retail in each state. List of business.
In this Wal -Mart supermarket, the reporter saw about 20 rifles and shotguns displayed in a glass cabinet locked behind the sportsweight counter. The price of these guns ranges from $ 159 (RMB 1124) to $ 474 (RMB 3353). It is surrounded by school stationery, toys and bicycle shelves. The counter in front of the gun showed a pocket knife, a dual -tube telescope and a digital night view telescope in a locked box. Compared with nearby gun stores, the choice of guns is limited, where dozens of different types of guns, including pistols. Wal-Mart stopped selling pistols in the 1990s and removed from the store in 2015 from the store in 2015.
Wal -Mart CEO Douge McMaren said that Wal -Mart’s gun sales policy exceeded the requirements of US law. For example, Wal -Mart increased the minimum age of buying guns or ammunition last year to 21 years old. In addition, Wal -Mart only sells guns after the background investigation, and federal law can only buy guns without finding a record of violating the background investigation after three working days without waiting for “passing”. In addition, Wal -Mart only allows certain employees to sell firearms, put firearms in containers with separate locks, and take other security measures.
Haili Peter Sen told a employee behind the counter I wanted to buy a gun. The clerk said, please wait for the manager to come. The sign posted around the counter shows that the sales of all weapons and ammunition cannot be returned or repaired for refund or repair. A notice warned that the area of the store was being recorded. Another notice reminds shoppers about the law of gun sales. The air gun and BB gun use the air to promote the projectile of the projectile, which is considered to be unsatisfactory. This month, Wal -Mart has been strongly opposed to social media. The reason is that there is a picture displayed in a gun in its store with a slogan hanging on it, saying, “Heroes like a new school year”. Wal -Mart said that this photo is a photo of 2017 and is a prank performed by a non -employee.
A few minutes later, a manager of Wal -Mart came to the gun sales counter. She said that she could not buy guns that day because employees who had the right to sell guns did not go to work. I can only come back to buy a gun after 2 days. Wal -Mart claims that employees who can sell guns must be surveyed by the enhanced criminal background investigation and annual online training provided by Wal -Mart, including simulated gun transactions. In some cases, Wal -Mart also abide by the specific requirements of the state governments. For example, people who ask the sale of guns in Illinois hold the ID card owner of the guns issued by the state police.
But before the reporter left the store, the manager proposed that he could take out a few rifles to see the goods. The reporter asked to see the cheapest rifle, the price was $ 159. The manager opened the container. The reporter noticed that the rifle was stringed together with a metal rope. Each rifle was fixed on the rope with a plastic band. The manager cuts a plastic bundle with the rifle to check the goods. When she put the rifle back to the box, she immediately changed a new plastic band. After checking the rifle, the reporter left the store and told the manager to come back to buy a gun two days later.
On Thursday, the reporter drove another 30 -minute car to Chestfield and arrived at the sports supplies department around noon. After waiting for about 10 minutes, she found the salesperson. The reporter told her that I wanted to buy a gun. She said she was an authorized employee and could help. We walked back to the gun counter, and she picked up the phone to call others. “Can you sell my gun at the front desk?” She said to the phone. Then she told reporters that she needed help to ensure the correct completion of the sales process. Then she charged a federal background investigation fee of $ 2, left the counter, and returned with a table entitled “Virginia Police Firefare Cooking Records” a few minutes later.
She asked me to fill in the form. The reporter began to fill in the files needed to buy a gun. The form asked several obvious questions: my name, address and social security number. It also asked my race, gender and American citizenship. In a section called “Certificate of Buyers”, it asked my criminal records whether it had been sentenced to severe crimes, whether restricted by restrictions, or being prohibited from buying guns. The form is written in a red printed body, “Unreal answers may cause you to be criminally prosecuted.” Sellers said that the buyer’s background survey may be completed within a few minutes after filling in the form. Once the purchase is completed, a employee will accompany the customer until the car’s car.
But as soon as the reporter finished the name, the salesperson stopped me and asked if the address on the driver’s license was matched with the family address. The reporter said that since he got his driver’s license, he moved, and the address did not match. “This is a problem,” she said. In order to go through the background investigation, buyers need to bring a document issued by the government with the correct address, such as the bill or car registration place of a state -owned public institution company. Because the reporter could not provide the above materials, the salesman apologized that the regulations on the background investigation were strict, and the reporter was required to complete the purchase next time.
The reporter left the store empty -handed, and finally she decided to give up buying a gun in Wal -Mart. It took me two days to end up with a failure. The reporter finally thought that if you really bought a gun in the market, he would go to the local firearms store instead of going to Wal -Mart. In general, the impression that this experience is left to reporters is that buying guns in Wal -Mart is much more complicated, and Wal -Mart can be said to be very serious about gun sales and safety. Compared with other nearby gun shops, the selection of guns in Wal -Mart Store is extremely limited.