Walmart raising age restriction on firearms, ammo purchases

Walmart has announced it will no longer sell firearms or ammunition to anyone younger than 21.

In a statement, the company said they were taking "an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales."

"Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age," the company said.

RELATED: Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles

The company will also be removing items from its website that resemble assault-style rifles, such as nonlethal airsoft guns and toy guns.

The company's decision follows an announcement from Dick's Sporting Goods earlier Wednesday morning that said it will no longer sell assault-style rifles and will ban the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21.

You can read the entire statement from the company below:

In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.

In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15. We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers. Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied.

We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given.

We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.

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