In the wake of the media-enhanced public furor after the Florida school shooting, Walmart stores has announced new restrictions on gun sales at its stores.
Here’s what they announced:
“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales,” read a statement from the Walmart website. “Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.”
“In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15,” it continued. “We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers.”
“Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories,” the statement said. “We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied.”
“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,” it added. “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.”
The statement concluded by adding that they would be removing items from the Walmart website “resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.”
The move came after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that they would end the sale of “assault-style” rifles in its stores nationwide.