US supermarket giant Walmart has removed firearms and ammunition from its shelves as a precaution in the run-up to the presidential election.
The chain is doing so because of possible looting or unrest associated with the election, Walmart said in a statement.
“We’ve seen some isolated civil unrest, and as we’ve done several times over the years, we’ve taken our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precautionary measure for the safety of our employees and customers,” said Walmart.
“These products will continue to be available for purchase by customers.”
Earlier this year, the supermarket chain also decided to remove guns and ammunition from its shelves after unrest arose across the country after the death of black detainee George Floyd. At the time, this action was intended to discourage theft from shops and looting.
Last year, Walmart, which offers firearms in about half of its branches, said it would stop the sale of ammunition that can be used in assault rifles.
That decision followed an attack on stores in Texas and Mississippi that killed 24 people and rekindled the debate over arms sales in the United States.