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A gun range in Fort Worth, Texas, has introduced an “ammo bar” to sell bullets by the pound, as a counter to Walmart’s decision to no longer sell certain types of ammunition.
Following the massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 that left 22 people dead, and 24 others wounded, Walmart decided to take action on a corporate level. While it will still sell ammunition specifically related to hunting, it announced that its stores would no longer sell “short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons” or ammunition for handguns.
In addition, it requested that customers refrain from carrying their guns inside Walmart, although it stopped short of banning weapons in its stores altogether. It is not clear if anyone was carrying a weapon in the El Paso Walmart during the massacre — 35.7 percent of Texans own a gun, according to the Dallas Morning News, and a spokesman for the El Paso police said that roughly 3,000 customers were in the store at the time — but what is certain is that nobody inside the store successfully confronted the gunman.
The alleged gunman, who said he was targeting Mexicans, was eventually captured by police.
“Walmart doesn’t want to sell you handgun ammo,” the Alpine Shooting Range posted on Facebook on Sept. 4, “at Alpine we are selling it by the pound.”
The company began selling bullets by the pound in July, but business took off after it targeted Walmart on social media in early September. Alpine Shooting Range owner David Smith told TheBlaze that the response to the social media campaign had been “overwhelming and overwhelmingly positive.”
Smith said that in one instance, a customer had claimed to have visited the range with his family from more than 200 miles away after seeing one of these social media posts.
Walmart doesn’t want to sell you handgun ammo….at Alpine we are selling it by the pound……Walmart
Another photo posted on Facebook shows a line of dispensers filled with bullets.
*fortunate son song plays in background, bald eagles cry*
“Customers are loving the new ammo bar!” another Facebook post by the range from Sept. 6 read.