Dick’s Sporting Goods stops selling assault rifles

Carly Maisel, Editor in Chief

One of the nation’s largest sporting stores, Dicks’s Sporting Goods, said they will immediately end their assault-style rifle sales.

CEO Ed Stack announced the decision Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America.        “The decision was inspired partly by the revelation that the 19-year-old Parkland high school shooter purchased a weapon at a Dick’s store,” Stack said. “The particular firearm, a shotgun, was not used in the shooting, but that this did not lessen the impact the revelation had on them.”

Dick’s will take the following actions: banning assault-style firearms, raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, banning high capacity magazines and bump stocks. They will also require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law, they will ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms and they will close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks.

“We did everything by the book, everything that the law required, and still he was able to buy a gun. And when we looked at that, we said the systems that are in place across the board just aren’t effective enough to keep us from selling a gun like that,” Stack said. “And so we’ve decided we’re not going to sell the assault-type rifles any longer.”

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