Abraham, Cassidy, NELA gun owners react to new Walmart gun policy


OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - On Tuesday, Walmart announced that they would stop selling some types of ammunition and would be requesting customers not openly carry firearms in their stores.

Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillion sent a memo to all employees Tuesday acknowledging their efforts. It read in part, "We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we're going to continue doing so."

Tyner Petrus Outdoors owner Greg Bimle says they have no plans to change their inventory or policy to mirror Walmart's.

"One bullet can harm a person just like another bullet, so just lowering the amount that you're carrying is not gonna make a difference. That same bullet is going to be able to hurt somebody. If you have 100% of your inventory or 20% of your inventory, it's not gonna change," said Bimle.

Some Louisiana lawmakers also disagree with Walmart's new gun policy.

"It's a shame that companies like Walmart are bending to pressure from Democrats to limit the right of law-abiding citizens to purchase a firearm. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory, and I won't support anything that infringes upon it," said Congressman Ralph Abraham.

A spokesperson for Sen. Bill Cassidy's office said, "Senator Cassidy remains committed to protecting the Second Amendment and the rights of millions of Americans who are responsible law-abiding citizens. Recent events show that we need to get serious about the mental health crisis in America as well as enforce current laws. He will review any firearm legislation before Congress based on whether it will protect Constitutional rights, effectively deter crime, and prevent the actions that occur with reckless gun ownership."

Some Northeast Louisiana shoppers also say supply won't stop the problem.

"If they're still selling ammunition, it's the same thing if you come here or if you go there. Ammunition is ammunition," said Tommy Moore, who lives in Richland Parish.

Although TP Outdoors isn’t planning to change their policies, they're still cautious when it comes to sales and keeping a safe environment.

"If it happens here - God forbid it ever does - we'd have to address it then, but we really go by the standards that the federal government has laid out. We'll deny people firearms if we feel like they shouldn't have them, we have the right to and we do that," said Bimle.