Dick's Sporting Goods Won't Sell Assault-style Weapons

Dick's Sporting Goods, which has 10 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will immediately stop the sale of assault-style weapons, it announced Wednesday.It will also no longer sell high-capacity magazines or guns to anyone younger than 21, the New York Times reported.The announcement was a reaction to the school shooting two weeks ago in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people."When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset," Edward Stack, Dick's CEO, told the Times. "We love these kids and their rallying cry, 'Enough is enough.' It got to us."Dick's, which has 719 stores around the country, has become the first major retailer that has announced plans to curtail firearm sales in the wake of the shooting, according to marketwatch.com.Dick's ended assault weapons sales at its main retail stores after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in 2012, but still sold them at its Field & Stream locations, USA Today reported.The suspect in the Parkland shootings, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, bought a gun at Dick's -- but not the one used in the shooting."We did everything by the book, we did everything that the law required, and still he was able to buy a gun," Stack said in USA Today. "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.'"Dick's has stores in Dallas, Mesquite, Irving, Arlington, Cedar Hill, Garland, Euless, Frisco and Rockwall.  Continue reading...

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