Wal-Mart Stores Sell Out Of Guns

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, when we described the unprecedented surge in gun sales in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, we said that "what is most ironic, is that it is precisely the fear of forced, unilateral rejection, by either or all three branches of government, of the original constitution and its various amendments that has Americans scrambling into gun stores. And thus the closed loop nature of the problem: by threatening to take away America's guns, the government is only exacerbating a problem that is steeped in 200+ years of history and is engrained deep in American psychology." It took about 24 hours to demonstrate just how counterproductive government intervention always is: as of this moment, Bloomberg reports, Wal-Mart, the biggest retailer in the US and the world, has stores in at least five states where guns are now completely out of stock.

With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay (EBAY) and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) locations.


Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles like the one used at Newtown, where 26 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 14. By contrast, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) suspended sales of similar guns at its more than 500 stores.


Searches of five kinds of semi-automatic rifles on Wal- Mart’s website showed them to be out of stock at stores in five states, including Pennsylvania, Kansas and Alabama. Wal-Mart doesn’t sell guns online, instead asking customers to input a zip code to see if their local store carries a specific weapon.


“We remain dedicated to the safe and responsible sale of firearms in areas of the country where they are sold,” David Tovar, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, said yesterday. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.


Wal-Mart has about 10 modern sporting rifles, the gun industry’s term for firearms that look like an M-16 military rifle, listed on its website. The retailer removed a description and picture of the Bushmaster AR-15, which was the model used in Newtown, after the shootings.

Who benefits from the government's pseudo intervention? None other than the uber-wealthy Walton family.

The move may have helped as U.S. Wal-Mart stores posted their first gain in same-store sales in more than two years in October 2011. Wal-Mart doesn’t disclose how many guns it sells, though at an analysts’ meeting in October it said gun revenue gained 76 percent in the first half of this fiscal year. The chain advertised a Sig Sauer M400 as one of its Black Friday doorbusters last month, offering the rifle for $50 off at $867.

It gets worse: now that guns are transforming from a commoditized to a niche, collectible product, whose future is unclear due to what the government may or may not do, the supply, demand dynamics have shifted massively in favor of the side that pushes the equilibrium price higher (just so even central-planning economists understand this).

On EBay Inc.'s auction website, shoppers have recently bid up gun magazines. The current bid for four Glock handgun magazines, ammunition for one of the guns used at Newtown, is $118.37 compared with $45 on the day before the shooting. The bid for seven Glock magazines hit $201 on Dec. 17 from $71.01 before the massacre.


Gun buyers have flooded other firearms retailers too. The Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, racked up more than $1 million in sales yesterday for the best single-day performance since the store opened in 1959, according to Justin Anderson, director of online sales. At the top of shoppers’ lists was the Bushmaster AR-15, the model of rifle used at Newtown that sells for as much as $4,000 and had almost sold out, he said.


Revenue at one of the largest U.S. gun stores surpassed even the spike just after Obama was elected president in 2008, Anderson said in a telephone interview. Sales weren’t as robust when Obama was re-elected last month because the president hadn’t backed major new gun laws, he said.

While we have no interest in pursuing any of the ethical sides of this argument, we do know that the more the government intervenes, even if it is with the noblest intentions, the greater the adverse and negative fallout will be. And, in typical government fashion, the more it pushes to get its way (or the highway) the greater the tragic consequences result in a country which - by dint of simply what it is - has over 300 million weapons. Good luck and godspeed with any hopes of "controlling" them.

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carambar's picture


dont waste your time, ZH became a rallying point for dummies. These people dont want to understand the difference between gun control and gun confiscation.

As often the bigger the guns the smaller the d..k.  

Pareto's picture

I would rather be stupid as a sack of nails, than useless as a sack of shit.

zerotohero's picture

America is the land of opportunity - you can be both

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot's picture

Come on, people. What is this, amateur hour?


Aloha's picture

Now you tell me. I'm new here, missed that 'warning troll' shingle over the entrance.


CrockettAlmanac.com's picture



gun lovers are truly unique - oh and stupid as a sack of nails



u·nique   /yo?o?n?k/  Adjective

Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else:



Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.


zerotohero's picture

See here we go again - you actually believe the shit written in one of these "journals" - see this is part of the problem

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

For how long have you displayed a "Gun Free Zone" sign in front of your house?

johnQpublic's picture

betcha i'm smarter than you are

and i carried a weapon to fight for my country, as did a male of my family in every war america has been involved in since 1812 you piece of shit

i lost family members to wars in 1814,1863,1918,1952.1973

maybe not all of them were just and right but we did our share to protect our rights as americans

one of those is the right to keep and bear arms

if you dont want to use that right its fine by me, but dont try to curtail the rights i and many others have fought for

zerotohero's picture

johnny did you eat glue in school?

Cistercian's picture

I discovered that one of my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary war.He was a commander and was rewarded for his excellent prosecution of the war with a large land grant in Pennsylvania.

  Very cool indeed.I think he would want me to have guns....lots of guns.And be well versed in their use.

 It is just the traditional American thing to do.It is also an actual duty as a citizen....a point sadly lost on those who would destroy this country completely.

 Gun owners=citizens.

 Unarmed=slaves and victims....waiting for the hammer to fall.


 20th century history....is it that hard to understand?


zerotohero's picture

well break out the banners and whistles for ole' fuckin ancestors - now go back to your video game - I'm sure your some super duper black  ops specialist - mom called from upstairs your KD is ready

Hacked Economy's picture

Well, that did it.  You finally blew your cover and proved yourself to be nothing more than a teenager at his bedroom PC.  Trashing another ZeroHedge'rs family line...only cowards do that.  Cowards or bratty 15-year-olds.

Come back when you've grown up.

object_orient's picture

Are you sure all those wars since 1812 were "for my country?" The threat to the Second Amendment, if there is one, is from your own government. The same one your family fought and died in wars for. Reevaluate your logic or your rhetoric. One or both is out of whack.

FeralSerf's picture

". . . a male of my family in every war america has been involved in since 1812. . ."

Grenada and Panama too?  Wow, you must be proud!


Some of my ancestors fought in King Phillip's War.  I guess I've got you beat.

foodstampbarry's picture

Look at your down arrows. haha we win!

CoolBeans's picture

What are you, a 12 year old?

Sit quietly there in your mom's basement and watch some YouTube - you've received more than enough attention today.  

ZeroHedgers:  We normally don't shun posters (or just do so politely) but now might be a good time to start.

AgShaman's picture


That disgusting cunt Piers Morgan is developing a nervous tick

Overfed's picture

I hope this buying frenzy gives that POS an apoplexy.

whotookmyalias's picture

I hope it caused his diarrhea of the mouth to move south.

kill switch's picture

All the above I agree!!!! That POS should go back to his QUEEN and the 900 to GDP debt ratio, this cock sucker said to the Gun Owners of America that he was an idiot.....Even Howard Stern thinks he is a POS .....And I like Howard.. The Rupert Murdoch  scandal that YOU WHERE A PART OF!!!!!! You are a slug that slimed your way out because CNN covered your ASS.....

Freddie's picture

He got the CNN gig to get out of the UK because that cell phone scandal was getting close to him.

Most people here do not know about it.  The phone scandal was Murdoch's news of the world was hacking celebs and others cell phones.  Brit intell types helped them.  Murdoch had to shut down news of the world which is a MAJOR scandal newspaper around since 1840 or something.

They hack loads of people's cell phones including Hugh Grant, British royals, loads of  celebs and a little girl dying of cancer. 

Murdoch/Fox is NOT our friend.  ALL of TV and ALL of Hollywood will disarm you in a minute. F them. Do not support them.

lakecity55's picture

And O-Phone is a full-on Retard.

CoolBeans's picture

it's actually "tic".

A tick is a blood sucking parasite...oh, wait....

AgShaman's picture

nice one.....me "likey"

markar's picture

This will not end well. An angry and increasingly desperate and armed population.

Zap Powerz's picture

"only the dead have seen an end to war." --- Plato

SilverDOG's picture



View history; they will STARVE us out.


"Keep stackin' my friends"


Aurora Ex Machina's picture

An angry, easily malleable, low information and increasingly desperate and armed population.

Fixed that for you; at this point, the jaws of the trap are closing. Expect FEAR FEAR FEAR from the MSM and the Fringe 3-letter agency sponsored sites such as InfoWars. It's very much easier to "clean house" when the other party starts it, isn't it? Old trick. Anyone expecting the Republican party to exist in its current state in 4 years is somewhat naive, I feel. WASPs? Sure. JesusLand (sorry, the South)? Sure. United Party still? Doubtful.

...Cold Dead Hands. People forget that he starred in the tripartite Armageddon film glory in the 1970's: Solyent Green, Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man.


I sense a common theme there; oh, and wait until everyone realises just who is pulling the strings. Blow-back ain't just for Afganistan, methinks.

kill switch's picture

You my friend have this situation well confined to it's conclusion...BRAVO

TideFighter's picture

Joey Boo-Boo is going to put ya'll back in chains. Joey, you can fight with your chains, I prefer my LaRue 7.62 OBR.    

virgilcaine's picture

5 Mill armed US citizens.. largest Militia in the World.

zerotohero's picture

Fortunately most of them are more like  Barney Fife than Rambo.

TideFighter's picture

Barney Fife, Barney Fife. Where have I heard that name before? Wasn't he just named the gun czar?

Zap Powerz's picture

How many do you think it really takes to totally fuck up the system, cause chaos, shut down the power grid, disrupt supply lines and cause the government to collapse?

There are people that know the answer to this question.  Do you know the answer to this question?


zerotohero's picture

sorry what was the question

KennyG09's picture

Less than 1%...and you dont even need a gun. Now im going to go back to stuffing twinkies in my face since it will never happen.

NotApplicable's picture

Umm... those are all things I see the government doing to cause society to collapse. Government isn't going away any time soon, as these actions only spur the demand for more of it in the form of...


And if militant individuals start fucking things up? Well, that just creates the mandate they want without them having to lift a finger (as allegedly evidenced by the recent shooting).

In other words, the only way to win is to choose not to fight, but rather walk away from systemic evil. Like any form of evil, it can only die once we stop supporting it. To fight evil, is to empower it.

Divide and Conquer 101.

SilverDOG's picture



I will smile with contentment, when I hear you starved to death, and there were squirrels and rabbits all around. 

Hope your EBT card get inflationary adjustment. NOT.


zerotohero's picture

i don't know about any EBT card but my Visa is maxed buddy

Freddie's picture

Well there are about 5 to 6 million hunting licenses in about 6 states - MI, NY, PA, WS, OH and Texas.   All with scoped rifles usually in .308. 

Florida, GA and AL have at least 2 million CCW holders.   Go for it libs.

The Gooch's picture

Don't forget the upper Mid-West. !

Most would take that ten-round 3 oh 8 mag with bolt action and a scope any day.

"Where'd that come from, comrade?


edit: oops. You did not forget. MI and WS....


Freddie's picture


Pennsylvania will be interesting if the SHTF and the EBT cards fail.  Philly will fan out looking for food.  I doubt the "red neck" hunters in the sticks with .308 scoped rifles will be putting up with too much.   PA has about 600K to 800 K licensed hunters alone.

MI and WS are way up there too.