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Kroger, Walmart & Dick's Join Forces to Raise Minimum Age for Gun Purchases

03 March 2018, 06:09 | Melanie Burgess

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Walmart's move comes after Dick's Sporting Goods, one of America's biggest sports retailers, said it would no longer sell firearms to people under 21 years old and pledged to stop selling assault-style rifles.

The new policies come in the wake of a February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead after alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, announced Wednesday it would no longer sell guns and ammunition to those under 21 years of age.

Several major companies and organizations have begun distancing themselves from the National Gun Association after the recent school shooting at a Florida high school. "Companies are showing they can contribute if they are willing to lead".

Dick's Sporting Goods also changed its weapons policy this week, announcing that it will no longer sell assault-style weapons to anyone in its stores. And even some local governments, like Broward County, Florida-where Sheriff Scott J. Israel and the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to protect the lives of innocent people in the horrific Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting-have broad antidiscrimination ordinances that prohibit age-based discrimination in businesses open to the public.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc is an omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an assortment of sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories in its specialty retail stores primarily in the eastern United States.

Federal law allows those 18 and older to buy rifles or shotguns and those 21 and older to buy handguns from licensed dealers, while states can make further restrictions.

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Visser hopes the government can get to the root of the problem with these mass shootings, which he says isn't guns.

Walmart said it was also removing items from its website that resemble assault-style rifles, including airsoft guns and toys.

A spokesman for Kittery-based outdoor retailer Kittery Trading Post, who declined to give his name, said he did not want to discuss whether the company planned to raise its minimum purchase age for guns from the current 18 to 21.

"We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country", Dick's chief executive Edward Stack said. Walmart stopped selling AR-15-style rifles in 2015.

"L.L. Bean only sells firearms specifically for hunting, and only in our ME store after comprehensive background checks in compliance with State/Fed law. Gun owners are exhausted of being treated like second-class citizens". 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.

"We have seen that there are 20 companies that have severed their ties with the NRA, it's a pretty inspiring moment", Sonnenfeld said. Officials said the suspect purchased a gun legally at Dick's in November, but the AR-15 used in the shooting was bought at another store.



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