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Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, will stop selling assault-style weapons. The company said it will also raise the minimum age for all gun sales to 21. The store will not sell high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to fire more rounds than traditional weapons without reloading, as well as other accessories used with weapons similar to the AR-15.

The Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, bought a gun at Dick’s. He did not buy the AR-15 that he used in the school shooting there. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and a major seller of firearms, announced it would stop selling the military-style semiautomatic weapons in August 2015.

In a letter, Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said Parkland students’ calls for assault-style weapons bans are the reason the company is making this change. “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,’ he said in a letter released Wednesday. “We have heard you. The nation has heard you. 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.”

The company did not say how much revenue or profit it gets from firearm sales. The chain has a total of 852 stores and growing.

Source: Dick’s Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style rifles – Feb. 28, 2018

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