Dick’s Sporting Goods is banning sales of assault-style weapons across all its stores after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting. The nation’s largest sporting goods retailer announced the move in an open letter and an appearance by CEO Ed Stack on Good Morning America. The retailer will also end sales of high-capacity magazines and sales of guns to people under 21 years old. Assault-style weapon sales ended at Dick’s-branded stores after the Newtown, Conn. school shooting in 2012. But the company was still selling them at its 35 Field & Stream locations, which specialize in hunting and outdoors products.
“As we looked at what happened down in Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened, we felt we really needed to do something,” Stack told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos. Stack acknowledged that the Parkland school shooter had purchased a shotgun at one of the company’s stores in November. Though the killer did not use the gun in the shooting, the realization served as a catalyst for action. READ MORE