Dick’s Sporting Goods Bans Assault-Style Guns

The nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, Dick’s Sporting Goods, is banning sales of assault-style guns in all of it’s stores after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

CEO Ed Stack was influenced to stop these sales because he said that the shooter in Parkland obtained a shotgun at one of the company’s locations in November. Though the shooter did not use the gun in the shooting, it led Stack to take action.

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

The decision was announced with an open letter and Stack on “Good Morning America,” along with the announcement to end sales to people under the age of 21 years old and the sale of high-capacity magazines.

“As we looked at what happened down in Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened, we felt we really needed to do something,” Stack said.

Though this does not take a large percentage of guns off the market, Stack said he realizes that they will receive backlash for this decision.

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