May 30 2012

REUTERS: Wal-Mart latest to leave ALEC

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer and biggest seller of firearms in the United States, is dropping out of a conservative advocacy group in the United States that has been criticized for promoting “Stand Your Ground” gun laws.

Wal-Mart was suspending its membership in the American Legislative Council (ALEC), which the retailer joined in 1993, the company said late on Wednesday.

Other groups that have backed away from supporting ALEC, include Coca-Cola Co, Kraft Foods Inc, McDonald’s Corp, Procter & Gamble Co and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The move by Wal-Mart comes more than a month after ALEC abandoned its committee that worked on “public safety and elections” to focus on the economy.

ALEC had come under criticism for its support of “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, such as the “self defense” law under scrutiny in the Florida shooting that killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

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