Wal-Mart Will No Longer Carry Firearms

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Rim Country consumers can no longer buy firearms at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Payson.

The firearms were removed from the store April 24.

"It was a corporate decision," said Quinn Cremer, manager.

Approximately 1,000 new and remodeled Wal-Mart stores were affected by the decision according to Cremer.

"This decision is based solely on diminished customer relevancy and demand in multiple markets," wrote Wal-Mart demand media manager, Jami Arms in an e-mail to the Payson Roundup.

"We will continue to stock ammunition and accessories," Cremer said.

Payson's Pollack Custom Works and Cole's Gunsmithing Services may see increased customer traffic.

"We have seen a bit more sales in rifles (since April), but not quite as much as I thought," Jason Pollack said.

In addition to the intensive paperwork a customer and dealer must complete when purchasing a firearm, federal firearms license holders like Pollack and Cole assume liability for the sale.

The Gun Control Act amended by the Firearms Owners' Protection Act requires that dealers verify the buyer is over 21 years old, not addicted to any illegal substance and has not willfully withheld or failed to disclose any information required, or has not made any false statement in the application.

More firearm sales equals more liability.

Since Bill Cole opened his gunsmithing store in February, he has not seen increased traffic due to Wal-Mart's decision.

"I suspect that I will in the fall, because people who typically buy rifles for the first time -- that would have gone to Wal-Mart -- will now check at a local gun store," Cole said.

"I was a dealer in Indiana and I couldn't compete with (Wal-Mart's price on) rifles," Payson retiree, Jim Thomas said.

So, the corporate giant getting out of firearms sales is potentially good news for smaller businesses.

At least until other corporate giants get involved.

Longtime catalog retailer Cabela's will be opening a store in Glendale July 28.

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