The company has stated that its decision to review its policy on firearms purchases was made “in light of recent events” relating to the deadly Parkland, Florida shooting and the mass protests that followed.

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Walmart announced on Wednesday it is raising the minimum age for purchasing firearms to 21 in light of the deadly shooting in a Florida high school two weeks ago.

The company stated that it decided to review its policy on firearms purchases “in light of recent events,” referring to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in which 17 people were killed by a teen gunman with an AR-15, and the mass protests that followed.

“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,” the company stated. “We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.”

Last week, amid a wave of gun control demonstrations, several US companies announced they are cutting their ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), including banks, airlines and car rental companies.