NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Wal-Mart said Thursday that it is bringing guns back to many of its U.S. stores in an effort to lift slumping sales.
Wal-Mart currently sells rifles, shotguns and ammunition in about 1,300 stores in the United States.
Those firearms will now be available at about half of Wal-Mart's 4,000 stores.
The retailer doesn't sell handguns in any of its stores, other than in Alaska.
Reintroducing guns is part of the retailer's push, Wal-Mart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said.
Lopez said Wal-Mart is focusing on stores in areas where hunting and fishing are popular activities.
'We realized there is broader appeal for guns in some areas because of sporting needs," said Lopez.
He also said that the majority of the firearms sold at Wal-Mart are made in the United States.