Walmart Raises Minimum Gun Purchase Age To 21

The Associated Press reports:

Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

The move comes after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced earlier in the day that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn’t mention ammunition. Dick’s also said it would immediately stop selling assault-style rifles, and its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws.

Walmart said its decision came after the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

Walmart’s physical stores stopped selling AR-15s and similar weapons in 2015.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    What about Cabela’s? The silence out of Sidney, Nebraska is deafening

    • Treant

      Of course, it’s Nebraska, so there’s a 75% chance that I’m glad they’re quiet.

  • DaddyRay

    Every little bit helps when you have a political party that is bought and paid for by the NRA and will not act to protect Americans

  • Joe in PA

    Wow, such a courageous step…removing assault-style rifles from their website. They will still sell them however. SMH

    • Joe in PA

      Update, apparently they don’t sell them in stores…so maybe this does effectively end sales. So good for them.

  • Kevin Andrews

    When Walmart repays the billions of dollars that their Clinton inspired wage theft created in Food Stamps & welfare for their employees; I may spend a dime with them again.
    This ass-kissing, hollow gesture from the PR office should outrage every American because it is too little too late. These Corporate Super-People and the Scum behind their corporate veil deserve to be stripped of their ill-gotten gains and the money returned to the US Citizens whom they’ve pick-pocketed for decades now.
    Fuck the Gilded Feces of the Waltons and their Fascist stockholders.

  • Boreal

    Jump on the bandwagon by Wal-Mart. Good but they wouldn’t have done it if Dick’s hadn’t.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      True enough, but where guns are concerned, you take the wins where you can get them; even if it is a cynical move on Wally World’s part.

    • ColdCountry

      A snowball can start an avalanche, and I have a feeling this is going to be a big one.

      • Boreal

        I sure hope so.

    • Sam

      Loath as I am to defend Walmart, they stopped selling assault weapons in store back in 2015. Dick’s took 3 years to match that policy.

  • Rex

    A small step, but a good one.
    Still hate shopping at Walmart. Ugh.

    • DaddyRay

      True, this will not get me to step foot in a Wal-Mart

      • Boreal

        I won’t shop there. I’m already supporting their employees while the Waltons pay no taxes.

      • anne marie in philly

        me neither. there is one right up the street from my house. I went in once after it first opened; jeebus music on the PA system and WTF you gotta show a receipt when you leave? FUCK DAT SHIT!

    • Nic Peterson

      Yup, a bridge too far for me.

  • Boreal
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    • GayOldLady

      Or the right of our children to grow up

  • DaddyRay

    I am going to give this win to the Parkland students – not to Wal-Mart

  • Nate

    Yet they will still sell semi-automatic hunting rifles, that can shoot the same caliber and shoot just as fast, just look different.

    • thatotherjean

      It’s a start. And the Ruger Mini 14 isn’t cool looking enough for the nuts who buy them just to walk around carrying them. Not nearly badass enough.

    • Veylon

      I’d be a lot happier if anti-gun folks could recognize that the top one is as equally dangerous as the bottom one and stop chasing after some nebulous definition of “assault weapon” to split the two.

  • Boreal
  • Do Something Nice

    Fucking Millennials and young people. They never accomplish anything.

    • thatotherjean

      You forgot the /s tag.

      • ColdCountry

        Was it needed?

        • thatotherjean

          Not by most of us, but the blog gets visitors.

  • Michael White

    Still will not shop there.

  • #DJTK5F

    Either nationalize the gun manufacturers; or

    Require a multi-party sales permit for firearms: manufacturer, seller, buyer.
    Require insurance for the sales permit, with coverage from all three parties.
    Require a firearm possession and use permit from the buyer, with liability insurance.

    Require a multi-party sales permit for ammunition: manufacturer, seller, buyer.
    Require insurance for the sales permit, with coverage from all three parties.
    Require an ammunition possession and use permit from the buyer, with liability insurance.

    Either limit ownership to 1 handgun and 1hunting rifle; or

    Have insurance premiums increase exponentially per number of guns owned.

    Manufacture, sale, possession or use without license and insurance punishable by firing squad.

  • Snownova

    How does it feel America, when multi-billion dollar corporations have more moral backbone than half your politicians?

    • ColdCountry

      Be it morals or just reading the times, I’ll take it.

  • Dagoril

    But if the People of Walmart start rage boycotting, where are they going to shop?! Hobby Lobby doesn’t carry everything !

  • IamSmartypants

    As a follow up they should look at raising the minimum wage for their employees.

    • ColdCountry

      They have.

  • JWC

    Its a Start and a message to the NRA since the GOP has lost it’s voice

  • Keroleen

    Kroger’s has also just announced a 21+ change to its gun sale policy at the Fred Meyer’s stores here in the PNW & Alaska that still have firearms departments. Looks like there’s some serious snowballing going on and here’s hoping it continues!

  • thatotherjean

    Good for them. I have no idea how much of the gun sales market belongs to Walmart, but they have such a large share of everything else that this should give the NRA pause. Go kids! You’re making a difference.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well it’s a start and it signals that while they are still selling guns, the message of the Parkland students is giving businesses pause.

  • ColdCountry

    Calling assault rifles “modern sporting rifles” makes me want to scream and hit someone, but other than that, GO WALMART! GO DICK’S! If this continues, we won’t have to kill the NRA, it will dry up and blow away.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Something Good About Walmart
    I’m being less harsh on Walmart these days. While checking up on a friend in Phoenix livin in hard times, he asked us to take him to Walmart to buy insulin. My friend is on disability and suffers from a load of physical problems, one of which is diabetes. To my great surprise, Walmart has contracts with several drug manufacturers to continue the production of an older type of insulin that has been used for many decades to help diabetics. Within the last ten years new types of insulin and insulin related treatments have been developed for which big pharma charges a butt load of money. Even with drug insurance, the new insulins require enormous monthly co pays. It seems big pharma is cleaning up.

    Long story short, because so many of Walmart’s customers require insulin to live, they market the old Novalin type of insulin for $20 a bottle . . . or free if you have insurance. And the old Novalin still works just fine. They also sell it, along with syringes, without a prescription. While modifying their gun sales policy is one thing, keeping Novalin N and Novalin R in production and selling it for cheap to the poor is fucking amazing. So, for now I’m cutting them some slack.

  • JCF

    Thanks…still not shopping there.

  • James

    Mountain Equipment Co-op, which doesn’t carry guns, is also cutting ties with gun manufacturers but no longer stocking their binoculars, bags, and other items.

    Still crickets from Amazon.

  • seththayer

    too bad they don’t raise their minimum wage too.