Stores Changing Their Firearm Policies

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Dick's Sporting Goods, Kroger, Walmart, and L.L. Bean are just four of the many stores who are changing their firearm policies.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Kroger, Walmart, and L.L. Bean are just four of the many stores who are changing their firearm policies.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Kroger, Walmart, and L.L. Bean are just four of the many stores who are changing their firearm policies.

Hailey McCoy, Co-editor

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In light of recent events, four American-based stores have decided to change their policies in regards to firearms. Although federal law allows individuals who are eighteen or older to purchase assault and other style weapons, only those who are twenty-one or older and purchase handguns from firearm dealers. The stores are citing this fact, among others, as reasoning for the policy change.

Two of the stores, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, are at the top of the list of leading gun sellers in America. Walmart policymakers decided to raise the minimum age for purchasing a firearm from eighteen to twenty-one and stopped selling assault-style weapons back in 2015. Dick’s Sporting Goods said they would also stop the sales of assault-style weapons as well as high capacity magazines. Kroger, L.L. Bean, and numerous other chains followed Walmart and Dick’s by also raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm to twenty-one.

The policy changes have added to the heated debate on the extent of rights protected by the second amendment. According to Newsday, supporters of the changes staged “shop-ins” in Dick’s stores to show their appreciation. “I think it’s their prerogative to change the age limits on firearm purchase; if our government won’t take the initiative to keep our population safe, I think it’s admirable for companies take initiative.” says junior Leidy Velazquez. However, not all of the public responded positively. Even Bill Simon, Ex-Ceo of Walmart, expressed his opposition to the policy change, saying that it is the government’s job to regulate firearms.

Despite the inevitable wave of response from the public, none of the chains seem to be bothered and are standing firm on the new changes.

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