After pressure mounted for changes to be made to gun laws following the devastating Parkland high school shooting, two companies in the private sector have decided to take action.
Both Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods have announced they are raising the age requirement to purchase firearms from 18 to 21. Dick's also announced they are discontinuing the sale of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines (Walmart already banned the sale of AR-15s and similar rifles in 2015).
"We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country," Dick's said in a statement. "We have heard you. The nation has heard you."
Although the said it respects the Second Amendment, and recognizes that most gun owners in the US "are responsible, law-abiding citizens," they said there is a larger problem.
"But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America — our kids."
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