Walmart joined Dick’s Sporting Goods Wednesday in announcing a policy in its sale of guns. The two retailers are the biggest gun sellers in the country. The decision inevitably thrust them into the middle of a heated debate on gun ownership and gun control.
According to The New York Times, Walmart will now no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 years of age. Furthermore, it said it will no longer sell assault-style rifles. This includes toys and air guns.
The announcement came on the heels of Dick’s Sporting Goods decision to end sales of all assault-style rifles. That decision came early Wednesday morning. Dicks’ also said it will no longer sell high-capacity magazines.
Current federal law states that an 18-year-old can buy semiautomatic rifles and other firearms, although a person must be at least 21 to purchase a handgun from a firearms dealer.
Walmart made the decision directly in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, saying, “In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales.”
The nation’s biggest gun retailer, Walmart sells them in about half of its 4,000 supercenters. Around 150 million people in the United States shop at the store every week.
The decision sent ripples through social media as people poured in on the debate.
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