Walmart will stop selling guns to those under 21

Bentonville, Ark. - Walmart says it will stop selling guns and ammunition to those under 21 years old.

In a statement, the nation's largest retailer pointed out that they haven't sold certain sporting rifles, like the AR-15, since 2015. They also do not sell accessories like bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. The company also says they "take seriously our obligation as a responsible seller of firearms to go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm."

The announcement comes the same day that Dick's Sporting Goods announced it will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21. Dick's didn't address ammunition sales.

Read the entire statement from Walmart 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.