Walmart is the nation's largest seller of guns and ammunition.

Walmart is the nation’s largest seller of guns and ammunition.

In the midst of ever more news about the tragic affects of guns in the wrong hands, Walmart has taken an encouraging first step toward reducing mass shootings by announcing its plans to stop selling military AR-15 weapons.

The weapons are among the most lethal weapons associated with mass shootings in the U.S.

NYAGV now calls on Walmart– the nation’s largest seller of guns and ammunition–to take the next step and publicly support strong gun laws that save lives: Criminal background checks on all gun sales, stronger penalties for gun traffickers, limits on high-capacity magazines, and rescinding a ban on federal funding for gun violence research.

“Walmart is in a unique and powerful position to show Congress how to stand up to the NRA and its extremist agenda,” stated NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett.

Read NYAGV’s full statement about Walmart’s decision here.