Walmart raises its age restriction for gun purchases


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (News4Utah) – Walmart says it is raising its age restriction for gun purchases to 21 “in light of recent events.”

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

The retail giant ended the sales of “assault-style” weapons like the AR-15 in 2015. It does not sell handguns (except in Alaska), bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories.

The news comes amid a broad public push to tighten gun regulations in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school on February 14 that left 17 people dead.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, said on Wednesday it would stop selling assault-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting. It also raised the age of sale of all firearms to 21.

“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 buying any firearm,” said Walmart. 

The company is even going as far to remove items from its website that resemble assault-style rifles including airsoft 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.” 

CNN contributed this report. 

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