Walmart to Pull Guns from New Mexico Stores Over New Law
By Chris Eger
Walmart currently sells guns at 34 locations in New Mexico, a number expected to drop to zero later this month. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
In response to a new gun control law, Walmart announced they will no longer sell firearms in the state of New Mexico. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) in March signed a bill sent to her the Democrat-controlled state legislature that requires a background check to be performed all virtually all firearm transfers in the state.
Although 29 of New Mexico’s 33 sheriffs joined in opposition to the measure, holding the proposal could trample on constitutionally guaranteed rights, the new law went into effect earlier this month and Walmart says they are calling it quits for gun sales in The Land of Enchantment as a result.
The problem, as Tiffany Wilson, Walmart’s Director of Communications, explained to Guns.com is that the new law mandates that a federal firearms licensee “shall not unreasonably refuse to perform a background check” for a prospective firearms seller who does not hold an FFL. This could set up a situation where customers come to the store to have a check performed on a gun that the big box retailer’s sporting goods staff is not trained