Walmart will stop selling guns in New Mexico on July 22 because of a new state law that expands background checks, requiring the stores to conduct background checks on people who want to register guns they did not purchase at the store. These firearms could include handguns or rifles like the AR-15, reported CBS News.
"New Mexico's new firearms law would require Walmart stores in New Mexico to conduct background checks for private-party transfers, which our stores are not designed to do due to the safety risks to our associates and our customers," said Tiffany Wilson, director of communications at Walmart, in a statement.
"The company has decided to surrender its federal firearms licenses and will no longer sell firearms in our New Mexico stores,” she said. The new law went into effect on July 1.
“The New Mexico Sheriffs' Association staunchly opposed the background check bill before its passage,” reported Newsweek.
The law states, “ Each natural person who is authorized by the buyer to possess the firearm after the sale shall undergo a federal instant background check before taking possession of the firearm.”
“A prospective firearm seller who does not hold a current and valid federal firearms license issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 923(a) shall arrange for a person who does hold that license to conduct the federal instant background check,” reads the law. “A federal firearms licensee shall not unreasonably refuse to perform a background check pursuant to this paragraph.”