To comply with state liquor rules, the world's biggest retailer sent a written notice last month to stores that sell alcohol, telling managers to ensure that customers who openly carry firearms under a new law have licenses. Cashiers or door greeters who see someone with a gun are to alert the highest-ranking employee, who is to approach the customer and ask to see the paperwork.
"We do try to ensure that people have a licensed firearm," said Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick. "We are giving direction to our store employees to ask for a license as our management sees appropriate."
The notice was sent out in anticipation of the Lone Star State's open-carry law, which went into effect Jan. 1. It made Texas the nation's most populous state to allow citizens with a permit to carry handguns openly in a holster.