Three of the largest retailers have taken steps to help minimize mass shootings, especially in schools. The most recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has prompted a lot of discussion about gun control and mental illness.
Walmart, Kroger, and Dick's Sporting Goods have reevaluated their gun policies after the recent shooting. The stores will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 years old. Under federal law, 18-year-olds can purchase semi-automatic rifles and other firearms. However, individuals must be 21 years or older to purchase handguns.
Walmart, the biggest gun seller, also stated that they would no longer sell toy guns, air guns, or any item that resembles an assault rifle. Dick's has discontinued selling all assault-style rifles in their stores and has also stopped selling high-capacity magazines.
While Walmart has typically stayed out of the political light, they have directly linked their new gun policy to the recent school shooting.
“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales," Walmart said.
"In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we've taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales," Kroger said in a statement.
Kroger also stated that they had stopped selling assault-style rifles in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho years ago.
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