With every argument that the second Amendment is a constitutional right and, the federal government has absolutely no right restricting firearm access, is another argument that communicates the destructive danger that high-powered rifles could cause. The gun control debate has been brewing for quite some time now; given the recent rise in gun violence and, following the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, several companies are taking steps to implement stricter gun laws within their stores.
While some governments are still stalling in terms of large scale gun control measures, privately-owned companies are creating rules to enforce policies to propagate stricter gun control — irrespective of whether there are local, city, state and federal measures in place.
Among the most popular brands to implement new measures regarding the sales of firearms is the Pittsburgh-headquartered Dick’s Sportings Goods. The sporting goods giant will no longer supply high-powered rifles such as the AR-15 and other military-style semi-automatic rifles.
In addition to this new restriction that is sure to enrage the National Rifle Association (NRA), Dick’s has also announced that all firearms will no longer be sold to individuals who are not at least 21 years of age and older. Additionally, the company added that high-capacity magazines, such as those used in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, will no longer be sold. (It is important to note here that the shooter in the Parkland massacre, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, purchased a firearm from Dick’s this previous November, although not the weapon used in the shooting.)

an image of a gun display inside walmart

A display of guns for sale at Walmart. The retailer has increased the minimum gun purchase age from 18 to 21 (trace)

Arguably the biggest announcement on the sale of firearms, came from the retail giant and employer of over two million people, the Bentonville, Arkansas headquartered Walmart.

The retail giant revealed last week that the minimum age to purchase a firearm will be increased from 18 to 21 years old. While never selling bump stocks or high capacity magazines, Walmart did sell AR-15 rifles until 2015.
While probably not in response to the Parkland shooting, Walmart’s website will no longer sell toys that resemble real firearms.
With the ongoing debate on guns and gun control, it would not be surprising if more stores create further policies on gun control.

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