United States retail juggernaut Walmart announced Wednesday that it plans to raise the minimum age for firearms and ammunition purchases to 21 years in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
“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 purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age,” the company said in an official statement.
The retail corporation also stated it will remove items from its online store that resemble “assault-style rifles, including non-lethal airsoft guns and toys.”
“We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys,” the company said. “Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.”
The news follows major sports retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods banning the sale of “assault-style rifles” and also raising the minimum purchase age to 21 years old this week following the deadly Parkland shooting.
“Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again. They may be correct — but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it,” Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack said in a statement.
Many retail companies have faced considerable pressure to either ban certain firearms or break ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Hertz, MetLife, and First National Bank have all pulled out of their partnerships with the controversial gun lobby amid the backlash. However, the NRA has maintained that “the law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness.”
But other companies have remained supportive of the Second Amendment-backing group. FedEx, for example, announced this week that it won’t cut ties with the National Rifle Association regardless of mounting demand from some to do so.
In a statement, the shipping company said it “does not and will not deny service or discriminate against any legal entity regardless of their policy positions or political views.”