BREAKING: Walmart, Dick Sports Raises Age Requirement to 21 To Buy Firearms

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walmart Discontinues 'Assault-Style' Rifle Sales

Walmart issued a statement Wednesday on the company’s website saying it will raise the minimum age requirement to 21 for firearm and ammunition purchases “as quickly as possible.”

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Walmart issued a statement Wednesday on the company’s website saying it will raise the minimum age requirement to 21 for firearm and ammunition purchases “as quickly as possible.”

The world’s largest retailer also said its commitment to “go beyond Federal Law” regarding background checks on firearms sales.

While current law allows for firearms to be sold if no response to a background check is received within three business days, Walmart’s policy forbids any firearm sale until an approval is given.

Walmart ended sales of certain sporting rifles like the AR-15 in 2015 and said it doesn’t sell accessories like bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. It also said it is removing items resembling assault-style rifles like toys from its website.

Dick’s Sporting Goods also issued a statement that it will no longer sell guns to those under 21 and that it will no longer carry high-capacity magazines.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods also issued a statement that it will no longer sell guns to those under 21 and that it will no longer carry high-capacity magazines.

See Walmart’s full statement below:

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 the 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.

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