Right after the last school shooting in Florida happened, some of the companies decided to raise the age restriction for buying firearms of any kind.
And it is an awesome move by them. Step by step we can all contribute to greater security for our fellow citizens, young people, and adults.
Kroger, Walmart, and Dick’s are the first companies who already announced that they will not allow the sale of rifles to customers who are under 21 year, despite the fact that federal law allows it to 18,19, and 20-year-olds.
A lawsuit has been filed against Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods by the 20-year-old Tyler Watson for refusing to sell him a rifle, due to their new policy.
Willamette Week reports that the lawsuit against Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods seeks for them to ‘stop unlawfully discriminating against 18, 19, and 20-year-old customers at all Oregon locations’ and is looking for exemplary damages because of the ‘willful nature of the discrimination.’
According to NBC News, the riffle which Tyler Watson was attempting to buy chambered the .22 caliber round, is one of the smallest calibers that are available on the market currently.
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove was very clear over their new policy, saying that they stand behind their decision and will defend it.
‘We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it. While we haven’t seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court.’ – Hargrove said.
In their announcement, in addition to the conditions for a higher age, Walmart also will remove some items from their website ‘resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.’
We completely agree with Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods new rules, because they are sovereign corporations and have the right to set their own rules.
After the last mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, these new policies by those companies should be cherished and respected if we really want to reduce the number of innocent victims of mass shootings in our country.
We hope that these new policies by Walmart and Dick’s will be also followed by the other companies that sell firearms and similar items.