TROY, Mich., June 29 -- Kmart says it will stop selling ammunition for handguns within 90 days at its 2,100 stores nationwide.
The announcement came amid public pressure following the 1999 Columbine High School shootings that left 15 dead.
Documentary-maker Michael Moore, who made "Roger & Me," and Columbine survivors Richard Castaldo, 17, Mark Taylor, 18, and Brooks Brown, 20, began following Kmart Chief Executive Officer Chuck Conaway on Wednesday, pointing cameras and yelling about ammunition sales.
"Come on Mr. Conaway, be a man," Moore yelled Thursday. "Please have the decency to come down and talk to these children who were crippled by bullets bought at your store."
Colorado prosecutors have said bullets from Kmart were used in the April 20, 1999, Columbine shootings. Moore, who produced and hosted the scathingly satirical network show "Television Nation" and cable program "The Awful Truth," is making a film about school shootings and the nation's fear of guns.
Moore was surprised when Kmart spokesman Lori McTavis said the retailer understood the concerns and had reconsidered its ammunition sales. She said handgun ammunition sales would be phased out within 90 days. Kmart will continue to sell shotguns, rifles and ammunition for hunting rifles, however.
"I'm stunned," Moore said. We really didn't expect anything to happen here today. This is big."
"This is remarkable," said Taylor, who still carries one of the Columbine bullets in his body.
To demonstrate the ease of purchasing ammunition, Moore and Taylor went into a Kmart store late Wednesday and asked for all the ammunition available. They walked out with 1,000 rounds of .38-caliber bullets.
The announcement bought negative reaction from pro-gun groups.
"Gun owners buy other things and when they go elsewhere to buy their ammunition, they'll buy those things as well," Ross Dykman, executive director of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, told Friday's Detroit Free Press.