Walmart employees are planning to walk out of corporate offices Wednesday, demanding the retailer stop selling firearms of all kinds.
Offices in California and Oregon will be partaking in the protest, following the El Paso Walmart shooting that left 22 people dead over the weekend. The white-collar workers demand that one of America’s largest retailers cease all gun sales, even though Walmart has regulated its gun sales since 1993, The Washington Post reported.
The retail chain stopped selling handguns in 1993, ceased sales of AR15s and similar rifles in 2015 and changed their store policy to increase the age to 21 for those who want to purchase firearms in 2018, according to WaPo.
“There’s an intense irony that Walmart continues to sell guns despite the constant shootings in its stores,” said Kate Kesner, a California employee leading the walkout, according to the Washington Examiner.
The walkout is scheduled for 3 p.m. Pacific Time.
“We’re only aware of two people who participated in the protest and those are the organizers, and both of those individuals came into the office yesterday but were not at their work stations,” said Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove, according to USA Today. “There’s no indication of unusual call-ins or attendance yesterday.”
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