U.S. sporting chain to stop selling assault weapons

U.S. sporting chain to stop selling assault weapons”

Dick's, a USA retailer of camping supplies, sporting goods and guns, will stop selling assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15.

"We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly", the company said. Reducing the sales of assault-styled rifles and high capacity magazines is not the answer.

A statement by Walmart also said it would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

Dick's, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates about 715 Dick's-branded stores across the United States. "We don't want to be a part of this story and we have eliminated these guns permanently", said Edward Stack, the company's chief executive. Federal law prevents citizens under 18 from buying a rifle.

U.S. sporting chain to stop selling assault weapons

The move comes as the debate over firearms seems to be shifting after a school shooting in Florida claimed 17 lives.

Pennsylvania-based Dick's is one of the nation's largest gun sellers and sells weapons through its Dick's Sporting Goods and Field & Stream stores.

"In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we've taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales", Kroger Co. said in a release.

"I grew up in Montana, so, you know, I grew up around guns and my family has guns", she says.

Schiff said the store's new rules are a good first step towards ending school shootings.

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While that the weapon - a shotgun - was not used in the shooting, the CEO said the revelation deeply affected Stack and his colleagues at Dick's.

Dick's CEO announced the changes were catalyzed by the survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

Stack said the store would not reverse its decision and called on Congress to take action on gun control "with the intent of really finding a solution to this problem".

Dick's also tweeted a list of suggested gun reforms Wednesday morning, including banning assault-style firearms and raising the age of gun ownership to 21. This time around, they're not selling any guns or ammo unless you're 21.

Walmart already doesn't offer bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Some experts say retailers can set age restrictions without violating the Second Amendment. "They're just going to push everybody to Cabela's and Bass Pro", he added, referring to two Dick's competitors that are now owned by the same corporation.

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