Walmart hoping to boost sales by selling guns

Walmart is hoping to boost sales by putting guns on the shelves at more of its US stores.

About 1300 stores currently sell rifles, shotguns and ammunition -- but not handguns, except in Alaska.

Now Walmart will sell guns at about 2,000 stores.

The company stopped selling guns at a majority of its locations several years ago, blaming low demand.

But the company says because of struggling sales -- its adding more merchandise.

Walmart says the stores that will begin selling firearms will be in areas where hunting and fishing are popular.

A spokesman says people will have to complete the necessary forms and background checks before they can buy guns.

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