Walmart says it will raise age for purchase of ammunition and firearms to 21

A Walmart store.
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Walmart announced Wednesday that in light of the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, it is raising the minimum age for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21.

In a statement, the company said the change would be implemented "as quickly as possible," and also promised to remove items from the Walmart website that look like assault-style rifles, including toys and nonlethal airsoft guns. In 2015, Walmart stopped selling rifles like the AR-15, which was used in the Florida shooting. "Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way," the company said.

Earlier Wednesday, Dick's Sporting Goods said it will also stop selling guns to customers under 21, and will no longer carry high-capacity magazines.

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