Gun safety groups to protest at Walmart near Parkland on Saturday

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A coalition of gun safety groups, including March For Our Lives, will host a rally this Saturday outside of a Walmart store in Broward County, calling on the big-box retailer to stop selling guns and providing political donations to lawmakers supported by the National Rifle Association.

The rally will take place in Coral Springs, less than a mile from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of the shooting massacre in February of 2018 that killed 17 students and staff.

The protest will take place a week after 22 people were killed and dozens more wounded at a Walmart store in El Paso, where the alleged killer wrote in a screed that the attack was a response to the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

Walmart has restricted the selling of firearms at their stores in recent years. It does not sell assault weapons. It requires background checks on all purchases and bans gun purchases to anyone under 21.

But it continues to sell guns.

Walmart employees in California and Oregon walked out of their offices on Wednesday afternoon in protest, calling for the company to stop selling guns and making financial contributions to lawmakers who receive funding from the National Rifle Association, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

A Walmart spokesman told NBC News this week that approximately half of the 4,700 Walmart stores in the U.S. sells guns and many more sell ammunition. The spokesman added that there are no plans to change the company’s policies since last Saturday’s shooting.

Along with March For Our Lives, other groups organizing the rally include Florida Gun Violence Prevention Activists, Guns Down America, American Federation of Teachers and Orange Ribbons for Safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

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