Dick's Sporting Goods ends sale of assault-style rifles in stores

What the Dick's story says about guns and Big Money

Walmart, the biggest gun seller, announced on Wednesday that it would not sell guns to anyone under 21 years of age. Wal-Mart, the largest gun retail store in the country, also raised their gun age to 21 as well continuing the debate on gun control. The Walmart and Dick's announcement follows a string of boycotts of the National Rifle Association from major USA companies such as Delta, MetLife and Best Western, among others.

"We have to help solve the problem that's in front of us", Dick's Sporting Goods said in a statement. "When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset", Stack said in an interview. "We are aggressive about that", Wilkerson said.

He added, "We're going to take a stand and step up and tell people our view and, hopefully, bring people along into the conversation". "The nation has heard you".

Stack also revealed that Nikolas Cruz, who killed the students in Florida using AR-15 assault-style rifle, had purchased a shotgun at a Dick's store within the past four months. "People that might have bought weapons from Field & Stream can now just buy from another place that has fewer rules".

After the Parkland shooting, Dick's Sporting Goods reviewed its gun sale records and discovered that in November of past year, the company sold Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz a shotgun.

In a statement, the company said they were taking "an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales".

"But it came to us that we could have been a part of this story, " he said.

Polls from Politico and the Morning Consult state 70 percent of voters support a ban on high-capacity magazines, and 68 percent want to ban assault-style weapons.

Mr. Stack said his company was prepared for controversy as a result of the decision.




The sporting goods retailer said the changes, which were discussed and backed by top executives and directors, are permanent.

Even setting aside the Second Amendment concerns about age-based gun bans, FPC says, some states have constitutional provisions or statutes that protect law-abiding adults' right to keep and bear arms, which might heighten the interest in any age discrimination litigation.

Walmart also will remove non-lethal airsoft guns and toys and other items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

So what are the customers' options, if they can't find what they want at Dick's Sporting Goods in this area?

He also does not agree with the idea of banning rifles.

In the wake of the February 14 shootings, Dick's announced Wednesday that it no longer would sell semiautomatic, assault-style rifles at any of its stores, including four in Maine.

"This is a clear signal to businesses across the country that it's safe to do what's right", he said. He did not criticize the retailer's decision to raise its minimum purchase age for guns, but said it would have an impact on where Mainers can buy firearms.

While he said he recognizes that gun control is a complicated issue, he does not believe guns are to blame for mass shootings. "But we're willing to accept that". "We concluded if these kids are courageous enough to organize and do what they're doing, we should be fearless enough to take this stand".

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