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Wal-Mart to Stop Selling Military-Style Guns After Demand Drops

An AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

An AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will stop selling military-style weapons such as the AR-15 rifle this fall, citing declining customer demand for the controversial firearms.

Wal-Mart will replace the guns with other types of rifles, as well as shotguns and other hunting merchandise, said Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg. The AR-15 model has been used in mass shootings, including at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, three years ago. But the move was a business decision based on sales and wasn’t politically motivated, Lundberg said.