BREAKING: Major Gun Retailer Makes Sweeping Changes in Huge Blow to NRA

BREAKING: Major Gun Retailer Makes Sweeping Changes in Huge Blow to NRA

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. announced this morning that the chain is getting on the right side of the gun debate with an impressive list of steps aimed at curtailing the spread of dangerous firearms. These steps include discontinuing sales of assault-style weapons and prohibiting the sale of firearms to customers under 21 years of age.

Sporting goods retailer Dick’s stands up to NRA

Dick’s CEO Edward Stack, whose father founded the chain 70 years ago, appeared on Good Morning America to explain the thought process:

“Based on what’s happened and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably. To think about the loss and the grief that those kids and those parents had, we said, we need to do something. And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.”

Dick’s was rocked recently by the news that Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz had purchased weapons at Dick’s last year, although not the rifle he used in the massacre.

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The chain had previously suspended the sale of assault-style weapons in 2012, after the Sandy Hook school shooting. The company continued to sell the weapons in their Field & Stream subsidiary stores, and later walked-back the ban. This time, Stack assures consumers the ban is permanent. When asked to clarify if the company would sell the weapons at some future date, he replied:

“Never. We’re staunch supporters of the 2nd Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself. We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”

The company released a lengthy statement on the change, which can be read in its entirety here.

The full Good Morning America interview can be viewed below.

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