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Mar 01, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Dick's Sporting Goods Stores Will No Longer Carry Semi-Automatic Guns, Raises Minimum Age For Purchase To 21 Along With Walmart

Dick’s Sporting Goods chairman and CEO offered a major announcement this week after Nikolas Cruz was able to legally purchase a semi-automatic rifle, though not the one he used in the tragic school shooting last month, in a Dick's Store: Dick's stores will no longer sell such "assault-style" guns. Dick's also joins major retailer Walmart in raising the minimum age for purchase to 21.

“Based on what’s happened and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably,” CEO Edward Stack said yesterday on Good Morning America. “To think about the loss and the grief that those kids and those parents had, we said, ‘We need to do something.’ And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.

“We did everything by the book,” Stack continued. “We did everything that the law required and still [Cruz] 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.’”

“We’re staunch supporters of the 2nd Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself,” Stack said, clarifying that the store's new policy was irreversible. “We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”



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