Walmart Raises Age to Buy Firearms to 21 Following Florida School Shooting

Walmart Raises Age to Buy Firearms to 21 Following Florida School Shooting”

Dick's Sporting Goods also said it will end all sales of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

"We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country.

Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age", the company said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

The company, which is the largest single seller of guns in the United States, said on Wednesday it will also remove from its e-commerce site toys that look like assault-style rifles. "They may be correct - but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it", Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack said in a statement.

"Obviously there's a need for people's safety". "In this case, I think business is going to rally. But I would give very serious thought to it".

The announcement, made two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members, is one of the strongest stances taken by corporate America in the national gun debate.

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Walmart's announcement builds on a growing trend of retailers self imposing gun control. A few months later, the firearms went back into circulation through Dick's outdoor and hunting chain, Field & Stream.

"The hunt business is an important part of the business, no doubt about it". Walmart stopped selling modern sporting rifles in 2015 and Dick's stopped selling them in 2012 after the Sandy Hook shooting, but they continued to sell them at their 35 Field and Stream stores.

John Yoder of ZX Gun, 821 Coliseum Blvd. "But thoughts and prayers are not enough", Dick's wrote in a letter to customers.

"I think it's very hard to say this is a hunting rifle, but it could never be used to do nefarious things, and this is some other type of rifle that can be", he added. He's convinced that people with criminal intent or mental health issues will find a way to do harm. The company soon discovered it had legally sold a gun to Cruz in November, though it was not the gun or type of gun used in the school shooting. "The best thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".

Assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, on October 6, 2017. And Ross said "none of the true assault rifles have been for sale (to private citizens) for some time".

Twenty-one states run their own background checks by examining state and local records of criminal and mental health history to supplement the Federal Bureau of Investigation system, according to firearm news site The Trace. Any listings of such products have also been taken down from the company's website, preventing customers from purchasing them through the good-hearted organization.

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