$500K Walmart Settlement
According to Entrepreneur.com, the Department of Justice in California and the District Attorney’s Offices of Yolo, Ventura, and Merced Counties investigated Walmart’s website which is believed to be illegally selling brass knuckles.
The investigation found products could be classified as brass knuckles with over 250 products on the retailer’s website.
40% were sold through third-party sellers while 60% were sold directly through Walmart.
Brass knuckles are considered one of the most dangerous weapons in most states. Brass knuckles are placed over one’s knuckles. 17 states have allowed it with a permit while they are considered illegal in 21 states including California.
The other remaining states do not have a law that specifies either brass knuckles are illegal or legal. In the state of Texas, they can be carried for self-defense purposes, and in South Carolina, brass knuckles are not permitted in hospitals or schools but they are legal in the state.
The Walmart settlement is proof that online retailers are the ones who are responsible for what they sell in the state, Attorney General Rob Bonta said.
He added that illegal weapons have no place in California.
Lastly, the company said in its statement that they are committed to being the most trusted retailer and they believe that its policies and procedures adhere to California law. Although they didn’t admit any wrongdoing or no liability, they believe that the Walmart settlement is best for both parties.