PITTSBURGH - Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation's largest sports retailers, said it would end sales on all assault-style rifles in stores.
Dick's, headquartered in Pittsburgh, also said it would not sell a gun to anyone under 21, and they would not sell high-capacity magazines.
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. https://t.co/J4OcB6XJnu pic.twitter.com/WmT50BO7mx— DICK'S Sporting Goods (@DICKS) February 28, 2018
But thoughts and prayers are not enough. 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. https://t.co/J4OcB6XJnu pic.twitter.com/6VoKwJe8tH— DICK'S Sporting Goods (@DICKS) February 28, 2018
Wednesday’s announcement comes two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and staff were killed. Dick’s Sporting Goods said the company’s new policy was a direct response to the Florida shooting.
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After the Parkland shooting, the retailer discovered Nikolas Cruz purchased a gun from the company in November, but it wasn’t the gun or type of gun used in the shooting.
As of Wednesday morning, the company said all AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles would be removed from its stores and websites.
Dick’s made similar charges in response to an earlier school shooting. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Dick’s removed assault-style rifles from its main stores. A few months later, the company started carrying the rifles at its Field & Stream stores.
This latest decision removes all assault-style rifles from all Dick's Sporting Goods and Field & Stream stores. The company says the policy change is permanent.
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