Walmart raises age for gun purchases to 21

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) -- Walmart announced Wednesday that the company is raising the age restriction to purchase firearms and ammo to 21.

In a release the company said:

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 the purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.

The announcement comes after DICK’S Sporting Goods announced they will no longer sell assault-style rifles.

On Wednesday’s “Good Morning America,” Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said that after the shooting the company “felt it needed to do something.”

Stack says that the gunman in the Parkland school shooting, Nickolas Cruz, had purchased a gun at Dick’s store, even though all existing rules were followed. It was not the gun used in the shooting.

Walmart says they’ve stopped selling modern sporting rifles in 2015.