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Groups Urge Wal-Mart to Stop Selling Assault Weapons

DANBURY, Conn. — At a Wal-Mart store here Tuesday, Jan. 15, gun violence survivors and others will deliver a letter and a petition with about 250,000 names asking the retailer to stop the sale of assault weapons and munitions in its stores nationwide. 

The store is located near Newtown, Conn., where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed by a shooter using an assault weapon at the Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

The action is being organized by, a global corporate watchdog group and joined by,, MomsRising and Courage Campaign.

“For years, your company has reaped massive profits from the sale of military-style assault weapons, including the Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine M4A3 Rifle – a semiautomatic firearm similar to the gun used to murder 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” the letter says. “Weapons like these are designed to kill large numbers of people as quickly as possible, and they are available for purchase in Wal-Mart retail locations across the country.”

The letter asked Wal-Mart to “honor your pledge” made in 2004 not to carry assault weapons following the expiration of the federal ban on those weapons.

Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., did not respond to a request for comment.

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