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Dick's Sporting Goods Announces End Of 'Assault-Style Rifle' Sales

The sporting goods giant urged lawmakers to ban high-capacity magazines and "assault-style rifles" on Wednesday.

Coraopolis, PA – The chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods announced on Wednesday that the chain will no longer sell “assault-style rifles” or high-capacity magazines, and that it will only sell firearms to customers who are over the age of 21.

The company also encouraged lawmakers to follow suit.

“We at DICK’S Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland,” the company said in a press release, referring to the Valentine’s Day high school massacre that left 17 people dead. “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.”

In a Wednesday appearance on Good Morning America, CEO Edward Stack acknowledged that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz purchased a shotgun from a Dick’s store in November of 2017.

The weapon was not used during the school shooting, but prompted the company to act, Stack said.

“We did everything by the book, and we did everything that the law required, and he was still able to buy a gun,” he said.

Effective immediately, the sporting-goods chain ended the sale of any “assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles,” the press release said. These rifles had not been available through any Dick’s outlets since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, but were still being sold at the company’s 35 Field & Stream stores.

Dick’s also announced that firearms would only be sold to customers who were over the age of 21.

“We never have and never will sell bump stocks,” the company noted.

Their guns are also vegan, gluten free, and have no GMOs.

The chain urged legislators to “enact common sense gun reform,” and suggested that the changes being made at Dick’s outlets be adopted universally.

In addition, the company encouraged lawmakers to require background checks that include mental health information and history of interactions with law enforcement contacts, and called for an end to private and gun show sales that do not meet the proposed background check requirements.

Information pertaining to individuals who are banned from purchasing firearms should be maintained in a universal database, the press release said.

“The whole hunting business is an important part of our business, and we know there is going to be backlash on this,” Stack said, according to The Inquirer. “[But] if the kids in Parkland are being brave enough to stand up and do this, we can be brave enough to stand up with them.”

prophetess anna, you are wrong if you think this or any gun control will stop CRIMINALS! They operate outside of the laws! You want to reduce murder rates! Get rid of gun free zones! It is a fact that restricting firearms increases murders and assaults! Look at Chicago, NYC, Washington, DC and their high murder rates! They have some of the most restrictive gun laws around! I am thinking about the shooter at Parkland, Sandhook, Columbine and everywhere else, if law abiding people had been able to carry their firearm, maybe, just maybe a lot few would have been killed!

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First, if gov agencies did their job, he would have never obtained a gun, but it's the guns fault? Secondly, why didn't Dick's ban the type of gun that was actually purchased at their store (shotgun)?

Prophetess Anna Unless they're liberal, they would probably say that they wish a teacher (or other faculty members) had a gun to stop the massacre.

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It’s obviously just a political stunt, not Dick’s really trying to help solve a problem. chronic traumatic encephalopathy Is also a problem with football, boxing, and other sports where head injuries are common. So since the have to help with problems in front of them, are the going to stop selling football helmets, boxing gloves, etc.? Just curious!

I'd be furious at the kid and the system. Not the tool he chose.

We don't blame cars for drunk crashes.

Don't blame computers for cyber bullying.

Don't blame deep fryers for 1 million heart attacks per year.

The kid did this. The disturbed, mental, horrible, horrible kid did this. Not the tool.

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Then BLAME THE SHOOTER, and leave laws alone! The laws did exactly what they were supposed to do; it was law-enforcement agencies (FBI & local LEOs) who dropped the ball & should be punished. More/stricter laws would not have prevented this or other shootings; they only serve to make it more difficult for people who FOLLOW the laws to buy firearms. People intent on committing a crime will always find a way, regardless of laws.

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I bet I know a couple dozen AR owners and not one of them bought their rifles at Dicks. Good riddance I say. Far as I'm concerned they can close their door for good and it wouldn't effect me any.

Didn't Chicks Sporting Goods merge with Dick's several years ago? Chicks with Dicks we called it. Now they are really just Dicks. No more money from my wallet! If you use their logic, auto dealers should stop selling cars with anything over 2 horsepower so as to stop the carnage from drunk drivers. Stop selling forks to people to prevent obesity. No pressure cookers to anyone since they can be used as bombs. No fertilizer or fuel oils as they can be used as explosives. So we will have no trucks or trains running, and no food to eat but we will be safer. WTF? The lunatics are running the asylum!

No skin off my nose. I haven't been in limp Richard's since they stopped selling them the first time.

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