Walmart and Dick’s Changing Policy on Gun Sales

Corporate America’s rift with the gun lobby continues to grow, as heavyweights in the retail industry Dick’s Sports Goods and Walmart have changed their policies to restrict the sale of guns.

This comes following decisions by several other large corporations including Delta Air Lines, Hertz, and MetLife to cut relationships with the National Rifle Association following a school massacre last month in Florida.

On Wednesday, Dick’s announced that it would stop selling all assault-style rifles immediately and ban sales of guns to people under the age of 21. The company CEO went after the NRA through demanding gun laws become tougher.

Walmart, the largest retailer in the U.S., followed Dick’s by saying it no longer is selling ammunition or firearms to anyone below the age of 21. It stopped selling arms such as AR-15s and other types of semi-automatic weapons three years ago.

These announcements coming from major national retailers were made the same day that students in Parkland, Florida returned to classes at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School for just the first time since 17 students, teachers and coaches were massacred two weeks ago by a teen that used an AR-15.

Dick’s CEO and Chairmen Ed Stack said that when you see what the kids went through and the grief that parents and children of killed sons and daughters and brothers and sisters suffered, Dick’s felt it needed to do something.

The announcements made by Walmart and Dick’s prompted hundreds of thousands of responses both in favor of and against their moves on the social media accounts for the two companies.

Other sporting goods stores such as Bass Pro Shops, the owners of Cabela’s, did not respond when asked for a comment nor did Gander Outdoors or Outdoor Retail Association.

Dick’s Sporting Goods cut off assault-style weapons’ sales following the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, but resumed sales at its Field & Stream stores, which is a much smaller chain, which consists of 35 locations across 16 states, this past October.

Stack urged lawmakers to ban the sale of bump stocks, assault-style firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines, as well as increasing the age to purchases guns to 21.

He added that there needed to be a requirement for universal background checks, and a complete database that contained people who have been banned from purchasing firearms.

Walmart said it would remove items on its online site that have a resemblance to assault-style rifles.

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