One of the new gun laws requires any person buying a gun to go through a background check, whether they purchase from a gun store, neighbor or friend.
“While Walmart and other gun sellers already were required to conduct federal background checks on buyers for their own firearms sales, Senate Bill 8 … requires checks on most private sales, even between close friends. The law allows exceptions for sales between family members—including great-grandchildren and first cousins—and for antique guns,” a local news report noted.
Employing nearly 14,000 associates, the shopping-store giant operates 53 retail units in New Mexico (including 35 supercenters and seven Sam’s Clubs). In addition, Wal-Mart stores spent $107 million with suppliers and paid $38.8 million in taxes and fees in transactions of taxable goods and services. It is unclear if the halt on firearms sales will lower the taxes/fees that Wal-Mart pays to the state of New Mexico.