New York Church Challenging Walmart’s Sales of High-capacity Gun Magazines

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos – New York City’s Trinity Church, one of the wealthiest churches in the world with over $2 billion in real estate holdings, is taking on Walmart by using their status as a shareholder. The church’s rector, Rev. Dr. James Cooper, says he isn’t seeking a ban on the sale of assault weapons at Walmart. Rather, he’s fighting to force the world’s largest retailer to include a shareholder proposal in this April’s proxy materials, to be voted on at this summer’s annual meeting. Trinity’s proposal would require Walmart’s board to oversee the sale of “products that especially endanger public safety and well-being, risk impairing the company’s reputation, or offend the family and community values integral to the company’s brand,” as the document first filed with the Security and Exchange Commission last year reads. The action to move Walmart to more oversight was taken after parishioners expressed...

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