Gun Protest Held near Wal-Mart in Newtown

by Associated Press
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Protesters urge Wal-Mart to stop rifle sales.

Gun control activists gathered at a Wal-Mart store less than 10 miles from the Sandy Hook elementary school to demand the company stop selling military-style rifles.

Pam Simon, who was wounded along with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 mass shooting in Arizona, was among about 80 protesters who helped deliver a petition Tuesday with 300,000 names, calling for a change in the company's policy.
 
Spokesman Kory Lundberg says Wal-Mart is trying to strike a balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that it sells firearms responsibly.   He said policies on what products to sell are always evolving.
 
The Danbury Wal-Mart does not sell guns. Organizers say they rallied there because of its proximity the site of December's massacre in Newtown.

 

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