Gun Sale Age Limit Raised in Certain Stores

Josh Calloni, Reporter

Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart have eliminated gun sale in all stores to anyone under 21, as of February 28.

The sporting good store banned all sales of assault style rifles after the Parkland, Florida school shooting. This was the same type of weapon used at Parkland. On top of this, the company will no longer sell high capacity magazines for guns. Going with Dick’s lead, WalMart will also raise the age of purchase to 21 as well on all gun sales and ammunition sales. Kroger has also raised the limit to 21 on March 1

“I think that Dick’s Sporting Goods banning gun sales will help out the gun law effort a lot. The government has been a bit lenient on the gun laws, even with all the shooting lately. I think just one store not selling guns will prevent a shooting or two, which might not seem like much now, but in reality, in the future, lives will be saved which is very positive,” sophomore Evan Sanker said.

However, the gun ban has also raised some controversy. A few people have sued Dick’s Sporting Goods, including an 18 year old student from Michigan, Tristin Fulton, whose case said banning the gun law goes against his right to own a gun as an American Citizen. Another person Tyler Watson, 20, sold both Wal-Mart and Dick’s for the same reason, not being able to buy a gun when he is, technically, of age.

The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods released the statement: “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” “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.”

Other companies could be following suit with raising the gun age to 21 in the coming weeks.