Walmart And Dick's Will No Longer Sell Guns To People Under 21

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He urged them to ban assault-style firearms, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines, and raise the minimum age to buy firearms to 21.

A few USA retailers, including the world's largest, Walmart, announced they would raise the minimum age required to buy firearms and ammunition to 21 from 18 following the tragic shooting in the state of Florida that claimed 17 lives. He says the company can make its own business decisions.

Last fall, the stock price for Dick's Sporting Goods fell to its lowest level since 2010, a slump it blamed on disappointing sales of hunting gear - including rifles - which the retailer's chief financial officer, Lee Belitsky, said were running "much worse than our expectations".

Earlier in the day, Dick's Sporting Goods announced a similar policy change on the minimum age to purchase a gun.

Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans, owns an AR-15 rifle. The CEO of Dick's, Edward Stack, released a statement saying he wants elected officials to enact proper gun sense laws.

"We don't want to be a part of the story any longer", Stack said.

"Even if we disagree with management, we focus on engaging with the company and understanding how they are responding to society's expectations of them", BlackRock spokesperson Ed Sweeney said in a statement.

Walmart said it will be "removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including non-lethal airsoft guns and toys".

"Our country should be looking at solutions for these specific failures and how our society can deal with the shortcomings of the mental health care system instead of using this tragedy to attack the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens". "Gun owners are exhausted of being treated like second-class citizens".

As of Wednesday morning, the company said all AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles would be removed from its stores and websites. As of today, the weapon will not be available at any Dick's or Field and Stream store nationally. But that would only solve one facet of the problem. The statement also demanded a comprehensive database of people banned from buying firearms and the closure of the private sale and gun show loophole that waives background checks. "Gun violence is an epidemic and that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America - our kids". Previously, the chain only sold the controversial type of gun in Alaska, having previously stopped sales in other states "several years ago", according to the company.

"We have seen that there are 20 companies that have severed their ties with the NRA, it's a pretty inspiring moment", Sonnenfeld said.

The National Rifle Association has pushed back aggressively against calls for raising age limits for guns, or limits on sales of assault-style weapons. Calls to the NRA were not immediately returned.



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