One Of Biggest Gun Sellers In US Bans Sale Of Rifles

One of the United States’ largest sporting goods chains has revealed it will no longer sell assault-rifles in its stores.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, made the incredible announcement Wednesday in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

The company confirmed it would grind sales of guns to anyone under 21 to a halt, as well as ‘high capacity magazines’ and ‘bump stocks.’

The wrote in a statement:

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.

But thoughts and prayers are not enough.

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.

 

They added:

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.

Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been.

Clearly this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.

We believe it’s time to do something about it.

 

Beginning today, Dick’s will be committed to the following:

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.

They hope others join them in the effort to let those affected by mass school shootings and gun violence know their ‘pleas are taken more seriously.’

 

Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack said:

Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again. They may be correct – but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it.

We deeply believe that this country’s most precious gift is our children. They are our future. We must keep them safe.

What a huge step in the right direction.

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