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Walmart enters the discussion on gun control with the White House. Roughly half of its stores remain stocked with firearms to sell to the public. Locally, guns are available at a few firearm dealers

The gun control discussion continues in Washington, D.C. and Walmart is sending their own to take part in it.

Walmart is sending representatives to meet with President Barack Obama and his administration on Thursday, this after the corporation acknowledged that it underestimated the U.S. administration’s expectations in the talks.

According to the Huffington Post, Walmart also acknowledged publicly that it has been talking with the White House and Congress ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

Walmart sells firearms at more than 1,750 of its about 2,600 U.S. stores, according to the article.

Citing customer demand, firearm sales were brought back to about half of Walmart stores in the U.S. in 2011, following a five-year hiatus on sales at a third of its stores.

Locally, there are four Walmart locations that sell firearms: East Greenville, Pottstown, Allentown and Bechtelsville.

Why shop Walmart, when you can support local commerce?

Wilsons Hardware and Locksmiths in Lansdale holds a Federal Firearms License to deal firearms. It does not stock guns in its West Main Street store; Firearm sales are special order, by appointment, according to its website.

Wilsons Hardware does not sell Pennsylvania hunting licenses.

Dell’s Gun Room recently moved from Cowpath Road and Route 309 in Montgomery Township to 1217 Walnut Street in Hatfield Township.

Dell’s Gun Room not only offers guns for sale, including new guns, but it also provides appraisals, transfers, cleaning services and gunsmithing. There is a full-time gunsmith on staff with 20-plus years’ experience, according to its website.

Dell’s also disposes of unwanted firearms and ammunition.

You can find out more about Dell’s gunsmithing services and prices at this link.

Target World in New Britain Township deals more than 70 brands of firearms and more than 14 brands of ammunition. You can check out Target World’s inventory at its online ordering site here.

Target World also offers range memberships for its firearms and archery ranges. Find out more here.

The business also has firearms safety classes and shooting classes. Find out more here.

Target World also offers military, law enforcement and security services discounts.

American Arms & Ammo at 808 Bethlehem Pike in Colmar, Hatfield Township, has been in business for five years and stocks more than 1,000 firearms, according to its website.

American Arms & Ammo is also planning on becoming a Class Three firearms dealer, according to its website.

A Class Three firearms dealer is one who can sell restricted weapons on the National Firearms Act of 1968, including machine guns, short-barreled shotguns and rifles, silencers, grenades, pen guns and cane guns and smooth-bore pistols.

Class Three dealers are required to first obtain a Federal Firearms License, which  then classifies him or her as a Special Occupation Taxpayer.

Class Three dealers must sell items registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In order to purchase an NFA item, dealers must get approval from the ATF, obtain a signature from a chief of police or sheriff, pass a background check, which includes photographs and fingerprints, register the firearm and pay an Occupational Tax of $500 a year, according to the law.

If a gun club is more on target with your interest, there are some local opportunities, albeit private.

The Souderton-Harleysville Game, Fish and Forestry Association is a private club in Tylersport. The club has about 1,750 members, according to its website.

Membership rules are strict, and there is a membership raffle coming up in Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Find out more here.

Trumbauersville has the private North Penn Gun Club on Tollgate Road. New members must be sponsored by a current member, according to its website.

Cynthia Palen January 10, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Why in the world would the Reorter run a story telling people to buy guns????? And further, listing all the places one can buy them?! This after NPSD and others detail plans to guard the schools against gun violence....obscene lack of judgement on the part of your editorial staff.
M Lansdale January 10, 2013 at 02:26 PM
You are clearly not very bright. This article is on Patch, not the reporter and wow, listing out the local gun dealers shows a lack of judgement? These dealers have to follow laws and protocols before they can sell a gun to anyone. It's not as though the article lists how to purchase a firearm illegally. That would show an obscene lack of judgement.
John Q. Public January 10, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Why not provide store information? Gun ownership has been legal since the founding of the country, and were critical to that founding. Many hunters and target shooters live in this area, pay taxes, vote, and live productive, lawful lives. The jerks you read about are not NRA members.
worldpeace2013 January 22, 2013 at 04:26 AM
you are not the public, but you are a John Q = an uneducated bafoon who wants to live 200 yrs in the past like a cowboy
worldpeace2013 January 22, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I agree!!!! the voice of reason!!!!


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