Wal-Mart ammunition limit: three boxes a day

Wal-Mart ammunition limit is imposed because of limited supplies, the retailer says. Wal-Mart ammunition limit comes in the wake of rising sales of guns and ammunition after the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., shootings.

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    Joseph Barbarito holds a sign as he waits for protesters to deliver a petition to Wal-Mart in Danbury, Conn., earlier this month. As the nation's largest gun retailer, the retailer is limiting sales of ammunition. The Wal-Mart ammunition limit is three boxes of ammunition a day per customer.
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Walmart has started to limit sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day due to limited supplies, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Sales of guns and ammunition have risen across the United States since the Dec. 14 shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

Walmart U.S., is the largest unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc the world's largest retailer and the largest U.S. gun seller. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer had said that it works to strike the right balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that it sells firearms responsibly.

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"In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting Thursday, Jan. 24, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time," spokeswoman Ashley Hardie told Reuters on Wednesday.

Walmart was a charter member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's coalition against illegal guns and adopted a 10-point code established by the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership that goes beyond what the law requires.

Data released on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Criminal Background Check System showed that nine of the top 10 days for firearms checks from Nov. 30, 1998, to Jan. 27, 2013, including Dec. 14, 2012, occurred since Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School and then shot and killed himself. Lanza also killed his mother before the school massacre.

The Wal-Mart ammunition limit was reported earlier by The City Wire, an Arkansas news outlet. 

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