Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods raise age limit for firearm purchases

The national debate over gun control continues.

. The CEO is the son of the company's founder and has held the CEO position for 34 years.

Stack made it clear in his interview that the company, which did sell a gun to the Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, did not want to be part of a mass shooting.

In response to companies cutting ties, supporters of the NRA have sprung into action with boycotts of their own.

Dick's removed assault-style weapons from its Dick's-branded stores after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that killed 20 first graders and six adults, but continued selling them through another retail brand.

Dick's, including its offshoot Field & Stream, announced its stores will stop selling guns to anyone under 21.

Wilkerson said he believes gun stores could see more customers, as pro-Second Amendment shoppers would be deterred from shopping at Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods due to their new policies.

We will no longer sell high capacity magazines.

Traugh and other gun shop owners say a "reason" not to sell might be a buyer who is intoxicated or someone not treating a weapon with respect during the sales process.

Walmart also noted that it had stopped selling high-powered rifles, including AR-15-style firearms, back in 2015.


Media attention created the perception that this is a monumental move, when the reality of the company's impact is debatable, at best. "Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age".

Walmart will also be removing items from their website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.

The retailer said they will implement this plan as soon as possible. "I find them morally and constitutionally wrong".

She says L.L. Bean does not carry assault-style firearms, high-capacity firearms, bump stocks or handguns of any kind. "But we have to help solve the problem that's in front of us".

Dick's did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning. There are some people who see this permanent ban as taking away people's gun right and aren't too happy with the change of Dick's.

Wilkerson said his stores closely adhere to federal laws and won't change policies unless federal law dictates.

"Based on what's happened and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably", company Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said today on "Good Morning America", referring to the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 14 students and three educators.

Since the Parkland shooting, there have been increased calls for a ban on weapons such as AR-15s and raising the age required to legally purchase a gun.

Jim Wallace, president of Gun Owners Action League of MA, said the privately owned shops don't have the same concerns as the large retail corporations with their stockholders, corporate attorneys and insurance.

  • Tracy Klein