Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the country’s largest sporting goods retailers, announces a ban on assault rifles and other restrictions on the purchase of firearms at its stores.
NBC News reported that Dick’s Sporting Goods is enacting a ban on the sale of assault rifles along with other restrictions at their stores.
Saying “thoughts and prayers are not enough,” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack announced several gun sale restrictions at its over 600 nationwide chains.
The chain will stop selling assault-style rifles, end the sale of firearms to buyers under 21 (up from federal minimum age of 18), stop selling high-capacity magazines and continue to never sell controversial bump stocks, the company said.
The company made the announcement on their Twitter page and posted a press release on the company’s website.
— DICK'S Sporting Goods (@DICKS) February 28, 2018
“We at DICK’S Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones,” their press release began, adding that: “thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
Continuing, the press release stated that:
We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country.
We have heard you. The nation has heard you.
We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids.
Writing that: “We believe it’s time to do something about it,” the company announced the following firearms restrictions, “beginning today:”
- We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all DICK’S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores.
- We will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age.
- We will no longer sell high capacity magazines.
- We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.
The company went on to “implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform and pass the following regulations:”
- Ban assault-style firearms
- Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
- Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
- Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
- Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
- Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks
In the video, below, you can watch “Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack talk to CNN’s Chris Cuomo about his company’s decision to raise the age requirement for firearm sales and stop selling assault-style rifles in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.