Walmart, the nation's largest retailer and a major seller of firearms, said Wednesday it will raise the minimum age to purchase firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age.
The news comes two weeks after 17 people were killed in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, and on the same day that Dick's Sporting Goods said the company will raise the minimum age for all gun sales to 21. Dick's also said it will not sell high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to fire far more rounds than traditional weapons without reloading, as well as other accessories used with weapons similar to the AR-15.
In August 2015, Walmart announced it would stop selling the military-style semiautomatic weapons like the one used in the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
"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 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."