“Walmart announced Wednesday that it is raising its age restriction to 21 for firearm and ammunition purchases,” cnbc.com reports. “The company said in its statement that it made the decision in light of recent events and will try to implement this change ‘as quickly as possible.'” Another clear cut case of . . .
virtue signalling. The number of customers who go to Wally World to buy guns who are between the ages of 18 and 21 must be relatively small, vs. the publicity it’s getting from this move.
Ah, but is it good publicity? All these anti-NRA and proactive gun sales restrictions have got to be alienating The People of the Gun, making them feel more isolated and angry.
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.
Two Americas people. Two.