Walmart Raises Age to Buy Guns After Florida School Shooting

Staff reports

In the wake of the Florida school shooting that occurred Feb. 14, Walmart has released a statement saying it will raise the age to buy guns and ammunition to 21.

“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales,” the Walmart statement said.

The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 people dead.

Walmart ended sales of the AR-15 rifle in 2015 and does not sell handguns, except in Alaska.

“Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories,” the statement added. “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. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given.

“We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.”


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