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Walmart To Raise Minimum Age For Firearms Purchases To 21

February 28, 2018 - 7:01 pm

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (WCBS 880) -- Walmart announced Wednesday that it is raising the age requirement for buying firearms and ammunition to 21.

The announcement came two weeks after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead.

“Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age,” Walmart said in a statement. “We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.”

Walmart noted that it ended sales of modern sporting rifles – including the AR-15 – and does not sell handguns, “except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers.”

Walmart noted that it also does not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories, and monitors its eCommerce marketplace to ensure its policies are applied.

Further, Walmart noted that it already requires customers to pass a federal background check before buying a 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,” Walmart said in the statement.

Walmart said it would also remove items from its website that look like assault-style rifles, such as nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.