Jan 9 Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on
Wednesday it would send a representative to Washington to meet
with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday to share the company's
position on the responsible sale of firearms.
At first, Wal-Mart was not going to send anyone to Biden's
meeting, saying its senior leaders could not be in Washington
this week and that it spoke in advance with Biden's office to
share its perspective, spokesman David Tovar said.
"We underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on
Thursday in person, so we are sending an appropriate
representative to participate," Tovar added.
After December's Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting,
which President Barack Obama called the worst day of his
presidency, he asked Biden to come up with a broad range of
ideas to curb the nation's gun violence. Others set to meet with
Biden this week include the National Rifle Association.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer and largest U.S. gun
seller, said that it works to strike the right balance between
serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that it sells
"We have had ongoing conversations with the (Obama)
administration, Congress, (New York) Mayor Bloomberg's office,
sportsmen groups, suppliers and others to listen and share our
thoughts and experiences," Tovar said.