No More Rifles at Dick's Sporting Goods

Retailers' Gun Decision Benefiting Local Gun Stores

No one was in the hunting section of the Taylor store where guns are sold on Wednesday afternoon, but employees said no one had come in the store to voice any serious complaints so far that day.

Jim Wallace, president of Gun Owners Action League of MA, said the privately owned shops don't have the same concerns as the large retail corporations with their stockholders, corporate attorneys and insurance. The company has recently acquired several companies that are long-time partners of REI, including Savage Arms, which manufactures guns - including "modern sporting rifles", according to a statement made by the retailer.

Bass Pro Shops, which owns Cabela's sporting goods stores, also didn't respond to a request for comment. But you can't buy a handgun at 18, 19, or 20 - you have to wait until you're 21 - but you can buy the gun, the weapon used in this frightful shooting at 18. But sales had resumed at its chain of stores under the name Field & Stream.

Dick's Sporting Goods early on Wednesday made a decision to end all sales of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines and to raise its restriction of gun sales to people 21 or older. "Don't be surprised if an aggressive attorney general of a gun-friendly state brings an age-discrimination claim against Dick's", Professor Winkler wrote in an email to the New York Times. But the applause should be limited, he said.

On Wednesday, Dick's CEO, Edward Stack, said that would end. "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". And now brands are jumping into the gun reform fray, in what feels like a long, long overdue watershed moment in the battle against the National Rifle Association. Its website listed 28 different kinds of rifles for sale, as well as 23 types of shotguns.

Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories.

Under current law, licensed gun dealers can legally sell rifles to people over 18 years old and sell handguns to those over 21. There is possibly going to be a lot of backlash on Dick's after announcing their ban on selling guns to the public.

You can read the full statement here. "You have my business now".

Of the decision to withdraw the sale of semi-automatic weapons, Stack said: "We know that this isn't going to make everyone happy, but when we take a look at what those kids and the parents and the heroes in the school, what they did, our view was if the kids can be fearless enough to organize like this we can be courageous enough to take these out of here", he said. But when asked whether the company would ever reverse its position, Stack offered a staunch "never".

"But thoughts and prayers are not enough", he said in an open letter.

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