BENTONVILLE, AR — Walmart is joining a list of companies refusing to sell firearms to people under 21 after a deadly shooting at a Florida high school.
The retail giant announced Wednesday that they would update their policy on firearms sales to raise the age restrictions for the purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age.
In addition to the updated firearms policy, Walmart said they are removing items from their website that resemble assault-style rifles, including toys and nonlethal airsoft guns.
They said the move comes "in light of recent events," according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Walmart reportedly ended the sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15, in 2015, and handguns are only available in Alaska stores. The Wednesday statement pointed out that the corporation does not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories.
The statement said that store policy also prohibits the sale of firearms until background checks are approved.
FOX23 has a look at the full statement below:
In light of recent events, we've taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. 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. 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. 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. 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.
We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.
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