Walmart raises minimum age for buying firearms to 21

James Marshall
March 7, 2018

Apparently eager to follow up Dick's Sporting Goods' announcement, Walmart said on Wednesday that they would also raise their minimum firearm and ammo purchase age to 21.

In a statement Wednesday, Walmart said it chose to review its firearm sales policy "in light of recent events". It has a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied. Walmart is removing items that resemble AR-15 rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.

The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead has sparked another debate about gun culture in America and spurred new hopes that something will be done to prevent future incidents.

Dick's Sporting Goods executives say they expect backlash, even a drop in sales due to their decision. It urged lawmakers to bar assault-style firearms, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks and called for a ban on the sale of guns to people less than 21 years old.

"We love these kids and their rallying cry, 'enough is enough, '" Dick's CEO Edward Stack said in an interview with The New York Times.

"I don't see us ever doing something to that effect, I mean unless the law tells us we have to, I don't see that ever happening here", said Robert Hinton, co-owner of the store and gun range.

Dick's statement also announced it would no longer sell "high capacity" magazines and that it had never and would never sell bump stocks.

Walmart says it has not sold "modern sporting rifles" - such as the kind that was used by the Florida shooter - since 2015.

Dick's Sporting Goods just announced major changes to gun sales at its store.

"We choose not to sell them to anybody under 21, and it's a question of our opinion of maturity", says Hancock.

While Walmart (wmt) years ago faced intense criticism for selling firearms and has been working to update its business and image, it said in its statement that it was going beyond what federal law required when it comes to background checks.

According to a press release from Dick's, the company will also not allow a person to buy a firearm if they are under 21 years old. "I got three kids and I'm always thinking that something could happen to them", said Claudio Castro of Concord.

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