The retail giant’s senior director for corporate communications, Kory Lundberg, spoke with several news organizations and made it clear that the decision was not politically driven.
“It’s similar to what we do with any product. Being what it is, it gets a little more attention, but it’s the same process for any other product,” he told Fox News.
He said that Walmart has seen a decline in sales for the guns in question. He also mentioned that inventory will increase for the types of shotguns and rifles that hunters prefer.
Though the news was announced in the immediate aftermath of the Roanoke, Virginia, shooting that left two journalists dead and another woman wounded, it had actually been in the works for several months.