Walmart and Dick’s Changing Policy on Gun Sales

Walmart and Dick’s Changing Policy on Gun Sales

Corporate America’s rift with the gun lobby continues to grow, as heavyweights in the retail industry Dick’s Sports Goods and Walmart have changed their policies to restrict the sale of guns. This comes following decisions by several other large corporations including Delta Air Lines, Hertz, and MetLife to cut relationships with the National Rifle Association following a school massacre last month in Florida. On Wednesday, Dick’s announced that it would stop selling all assault-style rifles immediately and ban sales of guns to people under the age of 21. The company CEO went after the NRA through demanding gun laws become tougher. Walmart, the largest retailer in the U.S., followed Dick’s by saying it no longer is selling ammunition or firearms to anyone below the age of 21. It stopped selling arms such as AR-15s and other types of semi-automatic weapons three years ago. These announcements coming from major national retailers were made the same day that students in Parkland, Florida returned to classes at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School for just the first time since 17 students, teachers and coaches were massacred two weeks ago by a teen that used an AR-15. Dick’s CEO and Chairmen Ed Stack said that when you see what the kids went through and the grief that parents and children of killed sons and daughters and brothers and sisters suffered, Dick’s felt it needed to do something. The announcements made by Walmart and Dick’s prompted hundreds of thousands of responses both in favor of […]

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