Some of the largest retailers in America, including Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, are changing their gun sales policies. A debate over gun control has swept the U.S. following the Parkland, Florida shooting that killed 17 people.This week, some of the largest retailers in America have announced changes to their firearm sales policies. Here is a list of all the retailers that have changed their policies on gun sales following the Parkland, Florida shooting.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods took initiative in response to the tragedy and became the very first retail store to begin the change in the policy of stopping the sale of assault-style weapons and require gun buyers to be at least 21 years old. Tweets mentioning Dick’s Sporting Goods increased by 12,000%, with 79% of them being positive opinions towards them. The market has also seen a favorable response after their announcement.
Walmart which is the biggest gun seller announced that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years old. This retail store has stopped selling assault-style rifles in 2015. At the time, Walmart made its decision because of low demand for the assault-style rifle. They still sell rifles and handguns, but the 2015 decision affected the high-capacity magazines or rifles that can hold several rounds of ammunition.
The U.S.’s largest supermarket chain Kroger has also released an announcement that they would raise the minimum age to purchase guns and ammunition in all of its Fred Meyer stores. Kroger currently sells firearms in 43 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. They have stopped selling assault-style semiautomatic rifles in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho several years ago and decided recently that they will no longer sell those style of guns in Alaska.
L.L. Bean has also joined the other retailers in raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm. The company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said that L.L. Bean only sells firearms at its flagship store in Maine and only guns specific to hunting and target shooting. L.L. Bean does not carry assault-style firearms, high-capacity firearms, bump stocks or handguns of any kind.
Lastly, REI has released a statement noting that while it does not sell guns of any kind, it expects companies that do to help prevent mass shootings. They also announced that they were stopping their relationship with Vista Outdoor after that company failed to issue a statement following a mass shooting in Florida. Vista’s portfolio spans at least 50 brands, including Savage Arms which produces firearms.
Following the latest announcements from these retailers, we will have to wait and see if any policies get approved to increase the safety of the nation. Are you content with these major retailers and their policy changes? Or do you think they should stop selling guns in general? Let us know in the comments below!