Both Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart announced on Wednesday they will no longer sell guns to people under the age of 21. Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack addressed the retailer's decision on Good Morning America, noting that Dick’s will also stop selling assault rifles in the wake of the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this month. The shooter in that incident, teenager Nikolas Cruz, purchased a shotgun from Dick’s in 2017, although it wasn’t the weapon used in the murders. “We did everything by the book, and we did everything that the law required, and he was still able to buy a gun,” Stack said.
Later in the day, Walmart announced it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also stopselling items resembling assault-style rifles, including toys and air guns. The retailer said in a statement that it takes “seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms” and also emphasized its background of “serving sportsmen and hunters.” Walmart stopped selling high-powered rifles like the AR-15 in 2015.