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Media Statements – DICK'S Sporting Goods

This time, Walmart directly linked its action to the shooting in Florida, saying: "In light of recent events, we've taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales". Still, it remains unclear what percentage of Dick's sales came from the weapons in question, how the company will define "assault-style rifles" and whether similar retailers will follow suit.

"The hunt business is an important part of the business, no doubt about it".

A poll posted on the Opelika-Auburn News website and social media accounts asked readers whether they agree with Dick's' decision.

Traugh says as a private business owner he could refuse service to anyone and impose a higher age limit as both Walmart and Dick's will now do. The pro-gun customer noted that Texas is the largest state in the USA that allows licensed gun owners to carry a holstered pistol in public.

Dick's did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.

The decision by Dick's Sporting Goods was made by Edward Stack, the company's chief executive. But a few months later, the company began carrying the firearms at its outdoor and hunting retail chain, Field & Stream.

On Wednesday, Stack said that would end, and he called on lawmakers to act now. Walmart also raised its minimum age to 21. "We love these kids and their rallying cry, 'enough is enough.' It got to us".

He added, "But we have to help solve the problem that's in front of us". There are some people who see this permanent ban as taking away people's gun right and aren't too happy with the change of Dick's. Dick's also said it would immediately stop selling assault-style rifles, and its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws.

"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", the company said in a statement.

Since the Parkland shooting, there have been increased calls for a ban on weapons such as AR-15s and raising the age required to legally purchase a gun. The suspected shooter, Nikolas Jacob Cruz, is a 19-year-old former student who had been expelled from the school. "It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting", Stack wrote. "But it could have been". "When we looked at that, we said the systems that are in place across the board just aren't effective enough to keep us from selling a gun like that". Dick's Sporting Goods also changed their age policy and has stopped selling "modern sporting rifles", as well as high-capacity magazines. Joseph Feldman, a senior managing director at the Telsey Advisory Group, estimated that guns and ammunition account for 8 percent of the company's sales.

However, other gun retailers in ME either declined to comment on the question of changing their sales policies or said they aren't planning to increase their required age for rifle and shotgun purchases from the federally mandated minimum of 18.

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