Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Walmart Raises Minimum Age for Gun and Ammo Purchases to 21

Walmart Raises Minimum Age for Gun and Ammo Purchases to 21

Dick's Sporting Goods also announced it will stop selling assault-style rifles and raise the age restriction for purchasing firearms.

Walmart, which halted its sales of the AR-15 in 2015, released a statement Wednesday evening announcing that it, too, will no longer sell guns to patrons under age 21, adding that it will "update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change". It also carries symbolic weight, coming from a prominent national gun seller.

Several major corporations, including MetLife, Hertz and Delta Air Lines, have cut ties with the NRA since the Florida tragedy, but none were retailers that sold guns. "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. We had already removed them from all DICK'S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores. "If these kids can be fearless enough to do this we should be courageous enough to make a stand ourselves".

"It is a risky game but you can't please everyone", Feldman said.

"As we look down at what happened down in Parkland we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened and we said we really need to do something so we chose to not sell any assault weapon rifles in any of our stores", said CEO of Dicks Sporting Goods Ed Stack. But sales had resumed at its Field & Stream stores, like the one in the Sierra North Plaza.

This time, Stack said, the changes will be permanent.

Nikolas Cruz, the 19 year-old shooter, legally bought at least 10 rifles, a law enforcement source said.

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Gun-control advocacy groups said voters and corporations are taking the lead on USA gun policy, and lawmakers need to catch up. Stack is issuing a letter Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, about his decision to end the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines at stores.

That decision raised rounds of discussions with top executives inside the company as well as the directors, all of whom backed the decision to take a stance, said Stack.

Scott DeHaan: Dick's has never sold assault rifles and what they do sell is way overpriced.

Chris Bradley, a gun-rights advocate who heads the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, said he was disappointed by the announcement.

Walmart notes in the statement they are "also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys". "We don't want to be a part of a mass shooting", he said.

He also called for new gun control laws. But last August, Dick's shares plummeted after it said weak results from its hunting segment resulted in its missing Wall Street's second-quarter earnings estimates.

President Trump indicated Wednesday that he would support raising the age for firearm sales.

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