Major Retailers Take Aim at Gun Sales
Yesterday, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart responded to the renewed gun control debate sparked by last month’s Parkland school shooting by raising the age to buy firearms at their stores to 21. Dick’s went even further, announcing a total end to sales of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. “We have heard you,” Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said, addressing Parkland students and families. Both moves reveal how major retailers are taking new positions in these highly politicized times — though that also means risking their reputations and customer bases.