Walmart To Raise Age Requirement To Buy Firearms And Ammunition

Walmart has vowed to raise its age required to 21 years old for customers looking to purchase firearms or ammunition from their stores.

The retail monster decided to change its firearms policy “in light of recent events, ” Walmart said in a statement to reporters on Wednesday.

In addition to the age requirement, Walmart will be removing from its website any items that resemble “assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.”

“We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible marketer of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before buying any handgun, ” the company’s statement read.

Walmart’s announcement comes two weeks after a gunman with an assault-style rifle opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen.

The horrific attack prompted another round of the discussion on common-sense artillery statutes in America. The survivors of the Valentine’s Day school shooting spent the last two weeks pressuring lawmakers and the National Rifle Association to take action against gun violence. To get their attention, the survivors, largely students, maintained a steady existence in front of news cameras, organized nationwide school stoppages and staged demonstrations in front of state capitols and the White House.

Before Walmart’s announcement, President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the White House to discuss artillery laws and school safety.

Though Trump spoke vaguely about its endorsement of a number of different policies, the president exhorted lawmakers from both parties to write a “strong bill” that is “really strong on background checks.”

He likewise accused Republican lawmakers of being intimidated by the National Rifle Association after Sen. Pat Toomey( R-PA) told him that a bill he co-wrote to strengthen background checks did not elevate the age requirement for handgun purchases from 18 to 21.

Trump told Toomey, “Because you’re afraid of the NRA, right? ”

The president’s statements were also immediately at odds with some of the NRA’s posts: Trump said he wanted to ban bump inventories, an accessory that modifies guns to simulate automatic burn, and he insisted that police should be able to confiscate handguns from people who may appear to be dangerous.

This article has been updated with information about the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and Trump’s commentaries on artillery laws .

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