The Gun-control reform has been a hot topic following the Parkland Florida shooting that killed 17 U.S citizens. And two weeks ago, some of America’s top Firearm retailers announced a few changes in their gun sales policies.
This move drove firearm-control activists to call for amendments across the industry. A notable example is the Anti-Trump campaigns, famous as Grab Your Wallet, which aims to boycott businesses that refuse to co-operate — stop trading assault rifles and lift the minimum age of the gun buyer to 21.
Here are the changes in gun policies as announced by different firearm dealers.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting announced that they would quit trading assault-style firearms and raise the gun buyer’s age to 21 years.
The chain store had sold a gun to a 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz who is the main suspect in the 14th Feb Parkland Florida shootings that claimed 17 lives— though police have confirmed that the suspect used a different gun.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. 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.” Wrote Dick’s-Sporting in a letter to customers.
Soon after Dick’s, Walmart also made it public that they would also raise the gun buyer’s minimum age to 21 years. The popular retailer stopped trading in assault-style rifles back in 2015.
On top, Walmart also announced it would stop selling products that “resemble assault-style weapons”, like “non-lethal airsoft guns” online.
A day after Walmart, Kroger also announced a raise in the minimum age for firearm sales from 18 to 21.
Kroger is a firearm dealer based in Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Washington.
The Fred Meyer Store also plans to stop dealing in assault-style weapons. Sometime back, the chain only traded in such guns in Alaska, but had closed sales in other states “years ago,” said the company.
Kroger also agreed with the reforms adding that these are “common sense measures” we can take as recent events have demonstrated the need for action, particularly, on the part of gun merchants.
Thank Corporate including some online firearm merchant account holders for responding positively to the citizen’s plea. These reforms might help reduce the shooting incidents America suffers because of poor gun control.