Wal-Mart ia a member of the Responsible Firearms Retail Partnership, a front group created by and for Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). Members must adhere to a 10-point voluntary code of conduct written by MAIG (listed after the jump). When I learned of this connection, I had a simple question: Does Wal-Mart pay a membership fee or otherwise contribute financially to the Responsible Firearms Retail Partnership or the Mayors Against Illegal Guns? If it does, gun owners who oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control organization may wish to take their business elsewhere. So I phoned Wal-Mart and Mayor Bloomberg’s office. Repeatedly. Neither Wal-Mart nor the Mayor’s MAIG man Jason Post have answered a week’s worth of calls or my email request. I would appreciate it if you could copy the bolded text and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESPONSIBLE FIREARMS RETAILER PARTNERSHIP:
A 10-Point Voluntary Code
1. Videotaping the Point of Sale for All Firearms Transactions.Participating retailers will videotape the point-of-sale of all firearms transactions and maintain videos for 6 months to deter illegal purchases and monitor employees.
2. Computerized Crime Gun Trace Log and Alert System.Participating retailers will maintain a computerized log of crime gun traces relating to the retailer. Once the program is in place, if a customer who has a prior trace at that retailer attempts to purchase a firearm, the sale will be electronically flagged. The retailer would have discretion to proceed with the sale or stop the sale.
3. Purchaser Declaration. For sales flagged by the trace alert system, participating retailers will ask purchasers to fill out a declaration indicating that they meet the legal requirement to purchase the firearm.
4. Deterring Fake IDs. Participating retailers will only accept valid federal- or state-issued picture IDs as primary identification. Retailers will utilize additional ID checking mechanisms.
5. Consistent Visible Signage. Participating retailers will post signage created by the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership to alert customers of their legal responsibilities at the point-of-sale.
6. Employee Background Checks. Participating retailers will conduct criminal background checks for all employees selling or handling firearms.
7. Employee Responsibility Training. Participating retailers will participate in an employee responsibility training program focused on deterring illegal purchasers. The Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership will create an online training system based on Wal-Mart’s training program.
8. Inventory Checking. Participating retailers will conduct daily and quarterly audits. Guidelines will be based on Wal-Mart’s firearms audit check procedures.
9. No Sales Without Background Check Results.Participating retailers would prohibit sales based on “default proceeds,” which are permitted by law when the background check has not returned a result within 3 days.
10. Securing Firearms. Participating retailers will maintain firearms kept in customer accessible areas in locked cases or locked to racks.