LL Bean Becomes Latest Retailer to Raise Minimum Age for Firearm Purchases

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It's the fourth high-profile retailer to change its policy on gun sales to younger customers in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting last month.

L.L. Bean Inc.is joining the movement to ban the sale of guns to people under 21 years old, Reuters reports The clothing retailer, which specializes in outdoor recreation, announced its new policy on Thursday (March 1).

The US firm said it was also removing items from its website that resemble assault rifles, including non-lethal airsoft guns and toys.

Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the USA, said on Thursday that it will stop selling guns to anyone under 21 years old through its 43 Fred Meyer stores nationwide, The Wall Street Journal first reported.

Retailers are jumping on the bandwagon of implementing new firearm-sales policies. Academy Sports and Outdoors says it will not stop selling AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.

Visser also questions the companies' decisions, saying they're still selling similar firearms.

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"L.L. Bean only sells firearms specifically for hunting, and only in our ME store after comprehensive background checks in compliance with State/Fed law".

Although the president suggested earlier this week that he supported the idea of instituting universal background checks on gun purchases and raising the minimum age for firearm purchases to 21, the White House appeared to walk back his stance on those issues Friday.

Chief Executive Ed Stack said in a statement, "We at Dick's Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland".

Delta, United Airlines, Hertz, and MetLife are among more than a dozen companies that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association after gun-control activists encouraged people to boycott brands that did business with the guns-rights group.

Seeing as we're talking about teenagers' bravery, I'll leave you with this New York Times update about 17-year-old Parkland survivor Maddy Wilford. Dicks Sporting Goods's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 25.09%.

But Ryan Terlecki, outside a Walmart in Milwaukee, said he didn't think the three years from 18 to 21 would make that much difference. Walmart stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2015. Walmart, walking this same line, stated: "Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way". Even gun owners like Dick's CEO Stark who believe themselves to be defenders of the Second Amendment are making clear their beliefs that not all guns should be protected and not all individuals should own guns. "It does not sell handguns or assault weapons", the company said on Twitter. But you can't buy a handgun at 18, 19, or 20 - you have to wait until you're 21 - but you can buy the gun, the weapon used in this disgusting shooting at 18.

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