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Wal-Mart limits ammunition sales to three boxes per day

Rifle cartridges are on display at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center January 16, 2013 in Las Vegas. The SHOT Show is the largest annual gathering of shooting professionals with more than 1,600 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees expected. UPI/David Becker
Rifle cartridges are on display at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center January 16, 2013 in Las Vegas. The SHOT Show is the largest annual gathering of shooting professionals with more than 1,600 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees expected. UPI/David Becker | License Photo

Wall-Mart stores Inc. will now limit sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day due to a shortage in supplies, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The dearth was brought on by a considerable increase in ammunition demand across the country since the Dec. 14 shooting at a Newtown, Conn. school that cost the life of 26 people, 20 of them first graders, Dispatch reported.

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"In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting Thursday, January 24, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Ashley Hardie Read said.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the world's largest retailer and the United States' largest gun seller, a position that comes with a lot of responsibility. In the past, the company has said it tries to provide firearms and accessories in a responsible manner without interfering on the customers' right to own firearms, Christian Post reported.

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According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, nine of the top 10 days for firearms checks in the U.S. from Nov. 30, 1998 to Jan. 27 2013, occurred since the shooting at Newtown Elementary School, Dispatch noted.

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Yesterday, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her Husband Mark Kelly testified before the Senate Committee on Gun control and urged them to "act now."

In the same hearing, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, told the Senate Judiciary Committee, that "Law-abiding gun owners will not accept responsibility" for the numerous massacres that have taken place in the U.S.

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