Walmart raises minimum age to buy guns
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Mar 03, 2018,
Mar 03, 2018, 3:10
The retailer said they will implement this plan as soon as possible.
NEW YORK - Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.
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The company said it sold firearms only at its flagship store in ME and those guns only focused on hunting. "I can't particularly understand it because every other firearm they have in their inventory can be used in some capacity to do nefarious acts", he said.
Dick's did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning. The retail chain also does not sell handguns, outside of Alaska.
After the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the company halted sales of military-style rifles like the AR-15, which, along with AK-47s, are categorized by the gun industry as "modern sporting rifles". "No individual alone speaks on behalf of the business or represents the values of the company". "The nation has heard you".
Asked about the potential for pushback among gun rights advocates, Stack acknowledged the move "isn't going to make everyone happy".
Trahan said the alliance's mission is to promote and protect all activities related to the outdoors, including wildlife conservation, hunting and fishing.
"We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens", Stack said in a letter.
Trahan said L.L. Bean is a "partner" that provides funding for the alliance's youth programs.
"Businesses have a right to do whatever they want, as long as it's legal", Trahan said. Still, "When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset...."
Stack said the retailer began scouring its purchase records shortly after the identity of the suspected Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, became known.
Grief counsellors were on hand as students and teachers arrived at the campus, two weeks after 17 of their peers were shot dead by an expelled former student with an AR-15 rifle.
Dick's Sporting Goods took a stance in the national debate surrounding gun violence and gun control and will end the sale of assault rifles in the retailer's stores throughout the United States.
Since the Parkland shooting, there have been increased calls for a ban on weapons such as AR-15s and raising the age required to legally purchase a gun.
Kroger announced on Thursday that the company is raising its minimum age for gun sales from 18 to 21.
Walmart said its new restrictions are being made "in light of recent events".
Gun-control advocacy groups said voters and corporations are taking the lead on US gun policy, and lawmakers need to catch up.