In a statement on Walmart’s website, they followed the lead of other major retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods in caving in to the anti-gun hysteria. Walmart’s statement announces that they will not selling firearms or ammunition to anyone under 21 years of age, despite the law allowing them to.
They also stated that they would no longer sell toys that look like “assault-style rifles,” in an odd move that virtually nobody was demanding. Walmart has already caved in to anti-gun hysteria, removing “assault-style” rifles from their shelves in 2015.
Here is Walmart’s statement in full:
“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.”
2020 Was a Record Year for Gun Sales
Americans will not abandon their gun rights.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that 2020 was a record-setting year with over 21 million background checks conducted on gun sales.
In a press release that was published on January 4, 2020, Mark Oliva, the director of public affairs, stated:
“This record year surpassed 2019’s totals by 60 percent and the previous record of 2016 by 34 percent. NSSF estimates that more than 8.4 million people legally purchased a firearm for the first time in 2020.
This occurred under the most challenging of circumstances. Law-abiding Americans demanded to exercise their right to lawfully purchase, keep and bear arms. Some governors, mayors and even Members of Congress actively stood in the way of that and didn’t relent until faced with court action. At the same time, workers in these firearm and ammunition factories, distributors, retailers and ranges made adjustments to keep their workforce safe and protected from infection while keeping pace with the demand of the American public. That’s a testament to the determination of the American worker that makes our freedoms possible.”
The overload of the National Instant Check System (NICS) shows how serious Americans are about defending themselves in times of unrest.
Oliva recognizes that Americans will still be buying firearms in large quantities.
“Retail shelves are still sparse, telling us there is still a strong demand and that elevated levels of firearm sales could continue for some time,” Oliva noted.
On top of 2020 being a record year for firearm sales, December 2020 turned out to be the busiest month in NICS history. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, 3,937,066 background checks were processed in December. According to estimates adjusted by the NSSF, roughly 1,906,916 firearms were sold in December. This represented a 22.7% increase compared to December 2019.
While there’s a lot to be anxious about, one thing remains clear: Americans still want to stay armed. The Left can deny this reality all they want, but any overzealous effort to regulate the right to bear arms will be met with fierce resistance.
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