US' Biggest Gun-Seller Just Changed Its Gun-Selling Policy

Walmart joins Dick's in raising age to buy firearms
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2018 6:14 PM CST
Walmart Joins Dick's in Raising Age to Buy Guns
This 2017 photo shows a Walmart sign in Hialeah Gardens, Fla.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

After Dick's Sporting Goods announced it would stop selling assault-style rifles and raised the age to purchase firearms to 21, gun-control advocates took to social media to ask Walmart—the biggest gun-seller in the US—to make similar changes, Business Insider reports. It apparently worked. According to the Hill, Walmart announced late Wednesday it's raising the age to buy guns and ammunition to 21. Walmart states it's making the change "in light of recent events," CNBC reports. "We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms," the company states. It states it will implement the new age restriction "as quickly as possible."

Walmart stopped selling assault-style rifles in 2015 due to what it stated was a lack of demand. On Wednesday the company stated it would be removing any items "resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys," from its website. Walmart states it also doesn't sell high-capacity magazines or bump stocks. “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 company stated. (More Walmart stories.)

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