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Walmart stores in the St. Louis area are pulling ammunition from their shelves in response to recent protests against police brutality at the stores.

On Monday, more than 50 protestors were arrested at a Maplewood Walmart. Employees started removing the bullets and ammunition that day. By Wednesday, bullets were absent from several stores.

“If there is a history of violence and looting and other activity that are going on or things that are putting associates and customers at risk — then yes, decisions can be made based on those circumstances,” Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told KMOV.

It’s unclear if the removal of ammunition was a coordinated effort among the stores in the St. Louis area. Ammunition, however, was still available at the Ferguson location where riots broke out after the shooting death of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown Jr.

The move isn’t unique to St. Louis, either. According to the Huffington Post:

This isn’t the first time Walmart has pulled firearms and associated merchandise from its shelves amid tensions. Following the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the world’s largest retailer yanked a semiautomatic assault rifle from its website.

That move, in turn, was not without precedent. In 2001, following protests marking two years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, Kmart stores across the country pulled ammunition from their shelves.

It is unclear when the ammunition will return to shelves.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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