Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that they will immediately cease selling assault-style weapons and have raised the minimum age for buying a firearm from 18 to 21. The major retailer felt the need to respond to public outcry against assault weapons in the wake of a shooting in Parkland, FL that left 17 high school students dead.
Dick’s was one of many major companies that are criticized for it’s strong ties to the NRA in the days after the Parkland shooting. Dick’s CEO Edward Stack felt it was necessary for his company to take responsibility for the change they hoped to see.
Dick’s also announced that they will stop selling high capacity magazines and reaffirmed that they will never sell bump stocks.
“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” Mr. Stack said in an interview with the New York Times. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us. We’re going to take a stand and step up and tell people our view and, hopefully, bring people along into the conversation.”
Stack stated that while Dick’s was did not sell a weapon to the disturbed person who killed his fellow classmates in Florida and that they wanted to make sure that they never will be apart of any future shootings. He added that the restrictions at Dick’s, which are often more strict than state laws, will be permanent.
“If the kids in Parkland are being brave enough to stand up and do this, we can be brave enough to stand up with them,” he added.