The chairman and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods says they will no longer sell “assault style rifles.”
Edward Stack said they will also stop selling guns to anyone under the age of 21.
He said after seeing the youngsters and their parents in the Parkland, Florida, shootings, his company was “moved unimaginably.”
He said in response to that loss and grief, they knew they had to do something.
The new measures went into effect immediately.
And people in the Ohio Valley seem to support what the sporting goods giant is doing.
“They shouldn’t sell them,” said Joseph Thayer of Lansing. “They shouldn’t sell any kind of assault weapons. None! Because there’s too much shooting going on.”
“I think that’s good, as far as the assault rifles are concerned,” said Judy Clark of Wheeling. “But upping the age to 21, I’m not sure. We put rifles into the hands of 18-year-olds and send them off to war. So I’m on the fence about that one.”
“That would be OK,” said Bruce Dimon of Kalkaska, Michigan. “We need to control it a little bit here, get stuff controlled. But I don’t know how. You can buy a gun anywhere. You don’t have to go to a store. Everybody’s got guns.”
“I think they did the right thing,” said Donna McAfee of Lansing. “That’s what I think. It’s a good thing. Assault rifles? They’re not necessary.”
“It’s great, absolutely great,” noted Janet Henthorne of Woodsfield. “I do not like assault rifles in the public. They need to be just in the military.”
Nikolas Cruz, the alleged Florida gunman, had reportedly bought at gun at a Dick’s store in 2017, and that sale was completely in compliance with the law.
“We did everything by the book,” said Stack. “Yet he was still able to buy a gun.”
Stack said they are taking assault rifles out of their stores permanently.