Dick’s Sporting Goods Halt Sales of Assault-Style Rifles
Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style weapons, according to a report from CNN Money.
The decision was made following the horrific high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. In addition, the company has made the decision to raise the minimum age for all gun sales to 21, as well as ceasing sales on high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to fire far more rounds than traditional weapons without reloading, along with other accessories used with weapons similar to the AR-15.
Dick's is the largest sporting goods retailer in the US and has a location in Pittsfield. The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods, Edward Stack, knows that the decision will potentially cause some criticism.
The biggest catalyst for the decision were the students around the country, much like what took place at Taconic and Pittsfield High Schools on Tuesday, who have decided to rally for a change following another terrible tragedy.
"As we sat and talked about it with our management team, it was -- to a person -- that this is what we need to do," Stack said on CNN New Day. "These kids talk about enough is enough. We concluded if these kids are brave enough to organize and do what they're doing, we should be brave enough to take this stand.
"We don't want to be a part of this story any longer."
The decision by Dick's will probably significantly slow down sales of assault-style weapons or firearms in the US, but they have made the decision to change within.