On Jan. 20, 2016, the U-Haul trucking company posted a picture of a man holding a handgun.
The caption read: “I am armed, I am prepared to protect my life.”
The company, which has about 3,000 employees across the U .
S., reported that in 2016, it had more than 11,000 gun-related incidents.
The next day, Walmart announced that it would no longer sell the weapon in its stores.
The company said it had increased training for its employees to ensure they were “well-prepared to deal with situations in which they may encounter a firearm in the workplace.”
“Walmart has a strong commitment to maintaining our employees’ safety and security,” said a Walmart spokesperson in a statement at the time.
“As part of this, we have strengthened our training and procedures, including increased training of our associates to ensure their training meets current and future gun safety standards.”
On the heels of the incident, Walmart has faced criticism from gun rights advocates who have accused the company of not providing adequate training to employees on how to safely handle firearms.
Walmart has long faced scrutiny for its handling of gun sales in the United States, which is an important area of focus for gun control advocates.
Last year, the company announced that its CEO, Brian Cornell, would be leaving his position effective January 2019.
Cornell was replaced by the CEO of Walgreens competitor Rite Aid, John D. Lund, who had already taken over the reins from Cornell.
Lund’s appointment was criticized for its lack of gun-control support, including a proposal that would have required drugstores to sell all firearms within their stores.
He also advocated for the use of background checks on people purchasing firearms, saying he had seen instances of potential problems when people have attempted to purchase firearms in stores.
In January, Lund also called for the government to step in and ban the sale of assault weapons.
“The NRA is fighting tooth and nail to prevent the sale and ownership of assault rifles in our country,” Lund said at the Time Warner Cable Business Summit in New York City, according to the Associated Press.
“If the federal government can’t prevent that, then I think it’s time to step up.”
At the same event, Lund said he would continue to push for more gun-restriction measures in the country.
“We need to be tougher about it.
I think if the feds can’t stop it, then we need to do it,” he said.
The announcement comes amid a national debate over gun control and has been a subject of much debate on the left and right.
Some supporters of tighter gun laws have pushed for a ban on assault weapons and the expansion of background check laws, while others have called for more stringent gun control measures.
In the wake of the shooting at the Walmart, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that the gunman had a history of mental illness and should not have been allowed to buy a gun.
“These people shouldn’t be able to buy firearms because of a history,” Sanders said at a press conference on Thursday.
“And it’s a sad day for America when a person who should not be able have a gun, who should have been locked up for a long time, is able to purchase one.”
Walmart did not respond to a request for comment on whether it had expanded its training or its policies regarding gun safety.
But a statement released by the company on Jan. 22 said it would continue “to strengthen our training for associates and staff.”
“We know that gun safety is important to our customers, our employees and our communities.
In response to the mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we’ve taken action to provide a comprehensive, actionable training plan that includes the safety of our employees,” the statement read.
“In addition to strengthening our training, we are working to ensure that our associates and our associates’ families receive the information they need to protect themselves and others from gun violence.”
A report released last month by the nonprofit group Americans for Responsible Solutions found that Walmart has the second-highest rate of gun deaths in the nation.
The group found that in 2015, 2,826 people were killed with guns in the 10 U.s. states with the most people killed with firearms, including California, Mississippi, and Tennessee.