ST. PAUL (AP) -- Saying it wants to be a good neighbor, Wal-Mart has promised that it won't sell guns or ammunition at its first store in St. Paul.
The store is set to open in the spring in the Midway area of Minnesota's second-largest city. The St. Paul store will be the only one of more than 35 Wal-Mart stores in Minnesota not to sell firearms.
Wal-Mart is the nation's biggest gun seller. Nationwide, all but a handful of the nearly 1,500 Wal-Mart stores sell guns. Wal-Mart doesn't sell handguns, except in Alaska.
Community leaders praised Wal-Mart's decision not to sell firearms.
"The concern was that this is an urban area and it's not appropriate for guns to be sold, particularly hunting rifles," said Travis Snider, president of the Snelling Hamline Community Council.
Company officials said the decision to keep guns off the shelves is made on a case-by-case basis. In St. Paul, officials said, they concluded that Wal-Mart wouldn't put itself at a disadvantage because other area retailers don't sell guns.
"It's just the right thing to do for that area and that community," said company spokesman Carlos Montoya.
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