Following Dick's Sporting Goods' decision to stop selling assault-style rifles and raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, Walmart is also taking steps to ensure the sale of firearms is done so responsibly.
As CNN Money reports, the multinational retail company will also be raising the minimum age to 21, in addition to removing items from its website that resemble “assault-style rifles, including nonlethal air-soft guns and toys.” The company said in a statement:
“Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.”
The full statement released by Walmart on February 28 explained that the decision to boost the minimum age requirement is in addition to the decision they made in 2015, which ended the sales of sporting rifles like the AR-15.
The full statement reads:
In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.
In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15. We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers. Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied.
We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given.
We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal air-soft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.
The 19-year-old shooter who took seventeen lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida did not purchase the weapon he used during the massacre at Walmart or Dick's.
According to USA Today, the shooter bought the weapon from Sunrise Tactical Supply located in Coral Springs, Florida.