I'm waiting for the Prius drivers and granola crunchers to start keeling over...With my fingers crossed. ;)
Wal-Mart toughens gun policies
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer
Mon Apr 14, 6:29 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Wal-Mart, the nation's largest seller of firearms, announced Monday it will toughen rules for gun sales, from storing video of purchases to creating an internal log of which guns they sell that are later used in crimes.
J.P. Suarez, the chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., appeared with outspoken gun control advocate Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to announce the changes at a gathering of Bloomberg's group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Changes to come at about 1,100 Wal-Mart stores selling guns include:
_Creating a record and alert system to record when a gun sold at Wal-Mart is later used in a crime. If the purchaser of that gun later tries to buy another gun at Wal-Mart, the system would alert the sales clerk of the prior buy and could refuse to make the sale.
_Retaining the recorded images of gun sales in case law enforcement wants to view them later as part of an investigation.
_Expanding background checks of employees who handle guns and expanding inventory controls.
Suarez said the tougher standards will come with some additional cost to the company.
"The costs are, we think, part of what it takes to be responsible. Everything is not pain-free," he said, adding that small sellers can implement many of the same rules. He did not say how long it would take to implement all the changes, but noted that software must still be created for an internal log of guns later used in crimes.
Imagine that. The evil empire, Wal-Mart, is taking a more accoutable stance on gun sales, despite the fact that it will cost them some money to do so, because it is, "part of what it takes to be responsible".
I see this as a win-win situation. I'm happy because this is not the result of some government mandate and helps illustrate that the market will work to regulate itself and anti-gun people can be happy because, well, the NRA is UNhappy. :p