Walmart sets age of 21 to buy firearms, ammunition - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Walmart sets age of 21 to buy firearms, ammunition

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. The teenage gunman used an AR-15 rifle. It said it takes "seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms" and also emphasized its background of serving "serving sportsmen and hunters."

Several major corporations, including MetLife, Hertz and Delta Air Lines, have cut ties with the NRA since the Florida tragedy, but none were retailers that sold guns. The NRA has pushed back aggressively against calls for raising age limits for guns or restricting the sale of assault-style weapons.

Walmart Inc. stopped selling AR-15 guns and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015. It doesn't sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds faster. It also doesn't sell large-capacity magazines. It also says it doesn't sell handguns, except in Alaska.

In announcing the change in policy, the company said it had processes in place to make sure it was applied for online sales.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Christmas Tree Lighting: Spirit of the Holidays in Otay Ranch

    Christmas Tree Lighting: Spirit of the Holidays in Otay Ranch

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 1:24 AM EST2018-11-21 06:24:35 GMT

    It began to look a lot like Christmas at Otay Ranch Town Center Tuesday night as young and old and children of all ages came out for the tree lighting and holiday themed farmer’s market.

     

    It began to look a lot like Christmas at Otay Ranch Town Center Tuesday night as young and old and children of all ages came out for the tree lighting and holiday themed farmer’s market.

     
  • Old Town: Father accused of shooting and killing son out on bail

    Old Town: Father accused of shooting and killing son out on bail

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 12:27 AM EST2018-11-21 05:27:14 GMT

    After posting a $250,000 bail, 92-year-old Richard Peck, who is accused of shooting and killing his son while he slept at their Old Town residence, was released from jail.

     

    After posting a $250,000 bail, 92-year-old Richard Peck, who is accused of shooting and killing his son while he slept at their Old Town residence, was released from jail.

     
  • Rain for wildfire-weary California offers relief and more problems

    Rain for wildfire-weary California offers relief and more problems

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 4:29 AM EST2018-11-20 09:29:01 GMT
    Nov 20, 2018 7:06 PM2018-11-21 00:06:00 GMT

    The scorched Northern California town of Paradise should get its first significant rainfall in six months this week, a forecast that would at least interrupt one of the most horrific fire seasons in state history.

     

    The scorched Northern California town of Paradise should get its first significant rainfall in six months this week, a forecast that would at least interrupt one of the most horrific fire seasons in state history.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.