I Call on All Gun Sellers to Raise the Age of Purchase to 21


The positive decision by Dick's, Walmart, and Kroger to raise the limit on gun sales from 18 to 21 is a powerful reminder that sometimes a gridlocked government requires advocates to circumvent obstinate politicians and work directly with businesses.

 know this well. For nearly three decades I built large national and international coalitions to cut through deadlock on major problems and create deep change. Whether it was on climate change, labor rights, racial equality, pay equity, and many other pieces of a just economy, those coalitions pushed companies to break with their industries and take new action. Such actions are key because government often relies on outside innovation and pressure to be willing to write laws.

While Charlie Baker makes government work for business, I'm the candidate in this race with experience bringing businesses, investors, and activists to push government and to serve those who really matter most, the people.

Right now, Massachusetts laws allow for the sale of some guns to individuals under 21.  Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, and Kroger are thus going above and beyond Massachusetts law in blocking all sales of guns to individuals under 21.  It’s the responsible thing to do and these retailers are to be commended for their actions.

It’s now time for all retailers to join them. That's why today I’m calling on all retailers in Massachusetts to follow Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and Kroger important leads and raise their age limit to 21 for all gun purchases. Let’s be clear.  This is only one action we need to take. There are many other common sense methods of gun control that we must pursue.  But we can this step now

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