New Mexico customers looking to buy hunting rifles at Walmart will have to look elsewhere after July 22.
Earlier this month, Walmart announced that it is voluntarily giving up its federal firearms licenses, and will no longer sell firearms in our New Mexico stores. Tiffany Wilson, director of communications for Walmart told the Journal in an email that while Walmart stores in New Mexico don’t sell handguns and modern sporting rifles, a new New Mexico law could put it in the position of having to perform background checks on guns people acquire elsewhere.
“As a general merchandise retailer and grocer, Walmart is not currently designed to conduct background checks for private-party firearms transfers under New Mexico’s new law,” Wilson wrote.
In March, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 8, which requires background checks on most gun purchases made in New Mexico. The law states that a federal licensed firearms seller “shall not unreasonably refuse to perform a background check” for a prospective seller without a valid license.
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