March 2 (Reuters) - Several U.S. retailers have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to consumers under the age of 21 in the wake of a shooting that killed 17 at a Parkland, Florida high school on Feb. 14. The second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school has revived the long-running U.S. debate over gun rights and brought the NRA back under renewed scrutiny. Gun control activists have stepped up pressure in recent days, with demands ranging from banning semi-automatic guns like the one used in the Florida shooting to asking public pension funds to dump gun stocks.
Company Name Comment Kroger Co The retailer stopped selling firearms
and ammunition to buyers under the age of 21 at its Fred Meyer stores.
Walmart Inc Walmart said that "in light of recent
events" it was raising the age for purchasers of firearms and ammunition to 21 from 18. It is also was removing items from its website that resemble assault rifles, including non-lethal airsoft guns and toys. The retailer stopped selling assault firearms and accessories in 2015 and only sells handguns in Alaska.
Dick's Sporting Goods Inc The retailer said it would no longer sell
assault-style rifles, the type of weapon used in four of the five deadliest mass shootings by a single gunman in U.S. history, as well as Parkland.
L.L. Bean The outdoor gear maker will raise the
minimum age for purchasers of guns to 21 from 18.
(Compiled by Diptendu Lahiri)