Three major gun sellers in the U.S. have become among the first to strengthen their regulations regarding the purchasing of guns.
Walmart, the biggest gun seller in the United States, announced their decision Wednesday to raise the age of firearm sale in their stores from 18 to 21, as did Dick’s Sporting Goods. Supermarket brand Krogers followed suit on Thursday.
In a statement on their website, Dick’s also announced that they would ban the sale of assault rifles in their “field and stream” stores, end the sale of high capacity magazines across all stores, and promised to never sell bump stocks. In addition, they called for the government to “ban assault-style firearms, raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, ban high capacity magazines and bump stock, require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law, ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms,” and “close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks.”
The company learned that the shooter in the Parkland shooting, Nikolas Cruz, had purchased a gun from Dick’s, although it was not the murder weapon.
Dick’s CEO Edward W. Stack told CNN, “We expect that there’s going to be backlash here. But when you look at those kids, and their parents, and the grief that everyone’s going through, and we don’t want to be a part of this story any longer.”
The move for provisions follows a widespread dissociation with the NRA last week, with Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise and Amos car rentals, MetLife insurance, Delta and United airlines, and other brands cutting discounts for NRA members.