After long inquiries on the phone, Peterson found a Walmart Supercenter in Chesterfield, Virginia where she could acquire a firearm.
She also observed that the “selection of guns was limited compared with nearby gun stores, which offered dozens of different kinds of firearms, including handguns.”
Walmart discontinued the sale of handguns in the 1990s and stopped selling AR-15s in stores beginning in 2015.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon highlighted Walmart’s gun-sales procedures that go beyond federal mandates, which Peterson details below:
For example, Walmart last year raised the minimum age to purchase a gun or ammunition to 21. Walmart also sells a firearm only after receiving a “green light” on a background check, while federal law requires only the absence of a “red light” after three business days, he said.
McMillon said that Walmart videotapes “the point of sale for firearms, only allow certain associates to sell firearms, and secure firearms in a locking case with individual locks, among other measures.”
Peterson was then instructed to fill out the form.
The form asked her several questions about her name, address, and Social Security number. It also asked for information about her race, gender, and US citizenship status.
She also pointed out that a section titled “certification of transferee” asked about her criminal record.
Under a section called “certification of transferee,” it asked about my criminal record — whether I had ever been convicted of a felony, subject to a restraining order, or prohibited from purchasing a firearm, among other specifics.
Emphasized in red print, the form said that “an untruthful answer may subject you to criminal prosecution.”
However, the journalist encountered a roadblock:
The seller told me that my background check would likely be completed within a few minutes after I finished the paperwork. Once the purchase was finalized, an employee would walk the gun out to my car with me. But I had only just finished printing my name when she stopped me and asked whether the address on my license matched my home address. I had moved since I obtained my license, and the addresses didn’t match.
The store attendant said “that was a problem.”
For her to pass the background check, she would “need to bring in a government-issued document with my correct address, such as a bill from a state-owned utility or a car registration.”
The attendant later apologized and told her that the rules around background checks were strict, and asked that she return another time to finish the purchase.
The journalist called it quits and decided to no longer buy a gun at Walmart.
She said, “I had invested several hours across two days on this. If I were actually in the market for a rifle, I would have gone to a local gun shop instead after about five minutes of trying to figure out which Walmart stores sold guns.”
Peterson concluded, “Overall, the experience left me with the impression that buying a gun at Walmart is more complicated than I expected, and that Walmart takes gun sales and security pretty seriously.”
BREAKING: Roger Stone is a Free Man, President Trump Commutes Sentence
The story is developing.
On July 10, 2020, commentator John Cardillo reported that conservative operative Roger Stone received a commutation of his prison sentence from President Donald Trump.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 10, 2020
Over the past few days, President Trump has considered commuting Roger Stone’s sentence a few days prior to his report to prison.
Stone is expected to report to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia by July 14 where he will serve out a three year and four month prison sentence for allegedly lying under oath to U.S. elected officials during the politically contrived Russian interference investigation.
Trump has had a relationship with the Republican political operative for decades.
For some time, Trump has discussed the potential of commuting Stone’s sentence.
When asked by reporters earlier on July 10 about reports of his plan to pardon Stone, Trump remarked, “I’ll be looking at it. I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people.”
Reuters reported that back in November 2019, a “Washington jury convicted Stone on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness.”
The same report added that “Stone was convicted for lying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, the website that released damaging emails about Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were stolen by Russian hackers.”
Stone’s commutation, while not a full-blown pardon that erases his conviction, is a solid victory for the Rule of Law.
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