The biggest U.S. retailer will raise its minimum age restriction for purchase of any firearms and ammunition to 21, following similar moves by Dick's Sporting Goods.
Dick's removed assault-style rifles from its namesake stores following the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but kept selling them in its Field & Stream stores. On Wednesday, it said it would stop selling such guns at any of its stores and raised the minimum age for buying guns and ammunition to 21.
Walmart in 2015 ended sales of "modern sporting rifles," including the AR-15 model that was used in the mass murder of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, setting off impassioned calls for stricter U.S. gun laws. President Donald Trump broke with his National Rifle Association backers to call for a minimum age of 21 to purchase firearms earlier this week.