Today one of the nation's largest sports retailers announced that they will be practicing new gun sale practices. The store, known for its wide selection of hunting, camping, and sport products, will be ending all sales of assault-style rifles. In addition, Dick's will also raise the age limit on gun purchases to 21 years old--regardless of local laws.
Dick's CEO, Ed Stack, talked with Good Morning America and commented on the decision to ban assault-rifle sales. "When you look at those kids and their parents, and the grief that everyone's going through, we don't want to be a part of this story any longer. We actually sold [19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz] a shotgun in November of last year. And when we looked at that, and found out we did this, we had a pit in our stomach, and said we don't want to be a part of this story, and we need a responsibility to these kids--and we decided to not take this any longer."
Many North Texans backed the company for taking the stand against gun violence. Many people believe the assault-style rifles should not be in public. Others say they plan on purchasing items from Dick's in order to show their support.
The announcement was made on the same day students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students returned to class after the fateful mass shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. This isn't the first time that the company has made changes in response to tragedies. In 2012, Dick's removed assault-style rifles from its main stores following the Sandy Hook school shooting.