Wal-Mart agrees to tighten rules on firearm sales
Good news for anti-gun lobbyists--the largest American seller of firearms has agreed to tighten controls on the sale of guns.
Campaigners pressing for tougher controls on the sale of guns in the US notched up a big victory this week when Wal-Mart, the country's largest seller of firearms, agreed to a 10-point plan designed to prevent weapons falling into the hands of criminals.
Wal-Mart, which sells more guns than any company in the world, agreed to co-operate with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bi-partisan group led by New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The group has been pushing for greater safeguards at retail outlets on the sale of firearms which fuel murder rates in America's urban areas.
Under the agreement, Wal-Mart will tighten rules at about a third of its 3,200 stores across the country. A further third will stop trading guns altogether, though for reasons of declining sales.
The new restrictions include more extensive background checks on Wal-Mart staff selling guns; all gun sales will be filmed and the videotape kept for six months; and where guns are later used in crime, extra scrutiny will be given to the original purchaser should they try to buy another weapon.