Walmart joins Dick's in raising the age for gun sales

Walmart joins Dick's in raising the age for gun sales

While Walmart years ago faced intense criticism for selling firearms and has been working to update its business and image, it said in its statement that it was going beyond what federal law required when it comes to background checks.

The announcements, made two weeks after 17 students and staff members were killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, were among the most significant actions taken on guns by corporate America.

The tweet had garnered more than 3,500 likes and about 400 replies as of Friday afternoon, a lot of them in support of the company's decision.

Big corporations like Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart are making some major changes to their gun policies.

"I firmly believe that it is morally and constitutionally wrong to infringe upon the rights of a law abiding citizen in any way, and I will not work for a company that pushes for the restriction of the Second Amendment", Degarmo wrote.

A common misconception about the AR-15 and similar weapons is that AR stands for "assault rifle", Edwards added. "The nation has heard you", Stack said.

"When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset", Mr Stack said in an interview.

We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being taken seriously.

Two of the nation's largest retailers announced changes this week to the types of guns they sell and to the age in which you have to be to purchase one in wake of a mass shooting at a Florida school that left 17 people dead on February 14.

Kudos to Dick's Sporting Goods' decision to refuse to sell semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines in its stores.

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Stack acknowledged that Cruz had purchased a shotgun at a Dick's outlet in November. "But it could have been".

Several retailers have jumped into the debate on guns in the United States in the past week.

Also on Wednesday, a teacher in the state of Georgia was arrested after barricading himself in a classroom and firing a handgun.

Woods said Dick's has every right to make this decision. "We don't want to be a part of a mass shooting", he said.

The sporting goods chain also asked lawmakers to "require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law, ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms, (and) close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks".

But to him, that seems like age discrimination. "Well, now maybe it is", he said.

"When we take a look at what those kids and the parents and the heroes in the school, what they did, our view was if the kids can be fearless enough to organize like this, we can be courageous enough to take these out of here", he said of the guns.

The retailer stopped selling high-powered rifles in its shops in 2015, citing low demand.

While REI does not sell guns, the outdoor retailer has placed a hold on future orders of products that Vista sells through REI "while we assess how Vista proceeds", the company said.