CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —The PX department stores that serve military families and veterans at installations around the world have pulled high-capacity ammo clips and magazines from their shelves.
Magazines and clips with a capacity of 11 rounds and higher have been removed from all Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Marine Corps Exchange stores.
The decision comes on the heels of similar actions by retailers in response to the deadly Parkland, Fla., school shooting last month. Walmart, Kroger's Fred Meyer stores and Dick's Sporting Goods have banned gun and ammo sales to people younger than 21. Dick's additionally ended the sale of assault-style rifles.
But AAFES says its decision was about ending a longstanding gap between product lines.
"The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has merchandised high-capacity magazines (sold separately) primarily as a result of vendor recommendations to offer the original equipment typically sold with certain firearms," according to a statement from AAFES.
"As a result of a recent review, a decision has been made to discontinue the sale of these products (magazines that are sold separately) at the Exchange," the statement said.
Asked specifically whether the decision was connected the Parkland school shooting, in which 17 students and staff members were killed, Judd Anstey, vice president for corporate communication at AAFES, told USA TODAY Network, "I honestly could not attribute it to any event."
"This is a category that obviously we're constantly looking at and reviewing," Anstey said.
On Wednesday, the Exchange’s Facebook page lit up with complaints about the decision, accompanied by a photo of empty shelves and a posted sign.
The sign says, "Ammo clips, magazines and accessories policy update: The Exchange and MCX will no longer sell magazines and clips with a capacity of 11 rounds or higher. These items are no longer available in store or online at shopmyexchange.com; this includes marketplace vendors such as Sportsman's Guide and the RSR website."
A letter obtained by a customer from Exchange Retail Communications, posted March 5, restates that policy and gives a list of items to remove from the shelves, including ammo clips, magazines and accessories.
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