Original article By Alexa Liautaud Feb 28, 2018
The world’s largest retailer has entered the gun control conversation, announcing stricter new rules around the sale of guns, ammunition, and toys that look like them.
Walmart will raise the minimum age for purchasing weapons and ammunition from 18 to 21 years old, according to a statement issued by the company Wednesday night. The global company will also remove items from its website that resemble assault-style rifles, including toy and airsoft guns.
“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales,” the statement read. “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.”
Walmart joins national gun retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, which announced earlier on Wednesday that it will no longer sell assault rifles or sell firearms to anyone under the age of 21. Walmart banned the sale of assault rifles in 2015, and sells handguns only in Alaska, according to the statement.
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