Walmart, Dick’s Will Institute Age Bans On Guns And No Longer Sell Assault-Style Rifles
The moves by the companies come as other major corporations have been distancing themselves from the NRA after the mass school shooting in Florida.
The New York Times:
Walmart And Dick’s Raise Minimum Age For Gun Buyers To 21
Two of the nation’s leading gun sellers, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, took steps on Wednesday to limit their sales of firearms, thrusting themselves into the middle of the polarizing national debate over gun control. Walmart, the biggest gun seller, announced late in the afternoon that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age. It also said it would no longer sell items resembling assault-style rifles, including toys and air guns. (Creswell and Corkery, 2/28)
The Wall Street Journal:
CEOs Choose Sides On Gun Control At Their Own Risk
It’s the newest question facing CEOs: Should they thrust their businesses into polarizing political debates? In the two weeks since a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school, many companies have taken a stand on gun control, prompted partly by a movement with the online rallying cry #NRABoycott. But when companies take sides in a charged issue, they often have to grapple with a new set of risks to their reputation and business, not least the risk of offending a sizable portion of consumers on the other side. (Fuhrmans and Feintzeig, 2/28)