Walmart Says it Will Raise Age Restriction to 21 for Gun Purchases

Walmart announced Wednesday that it is raising its age restriction to 21 for firearm and ammunition purchases, CNBC reported.

The company said in its statement that it made the decision in light of recent events and will try to implement this change “as quickly as possible.”

Walmart also pointed out that in 2015 it ended sales of certain sporting rifles like the AR-15. The company also 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.

Earlier Wednesday, Dick’s Sporting Goods also said it will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 and that it will no longer carry high-capacity magazines.

These announcements come after a gunman wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle killed 17 students at a Florida high school earlier this month.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss school and community safety. The president has said that he is in favor of raising the federal minimum age to buy guns to 21 from 18 — a policy staunchly opposed by the National Rifle Association. Trump has also said that he supports stronger background checks which would focus more on mental health.

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