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Dick’s Sporting Goods to Stop Sales of Assault-Style Rifles

Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of America’s largest sports retailers, announced on Wednesday that it will immediately stop sales of assault-style weapons.

In an open letter, the sports mega-chain also said it will raise the age of purchasing a gun to 21 and will cease the sale of high-capacity magazines.

The decision from the retailer comes in the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, in which a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on students, killing 17. One of the guns in his arsenal — though it was not used in the shooting — was a shotgun purchased in November 2017 at Dick’s.

Dick’s CEO Ed Stack appeared on Good Morning America early Wednesday to explain the decision to crack down on gun sales to George Stephanopoulos.

“As we looked at what happened down in Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened,” Stack said. “We felt that we really needed to do something and so we’ve decided not to sell these assault weapons any longer in any of our stores.”

Stack explained that the store did “everything by the book” when they sold the shotgun to Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland shooter, and that demonstrated that the system is broken.

“Based on what’s happened, and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably and to think about the loss and the grief that those kids and those parents had, we said, we need to do something,” he added.

“And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.”

Stack added that there’s no chance he’ll reverse the store’s new gun policies, and called on Congress to act on gun control.

In their statement, Dick’s even called for an assault-style weapons ban:

Watch above, via ABC News.

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