In this Oct. 18,
2016, photo, Chairman and CEO of DICK'S Sporting
Goods Edward W. Stack poses for a photo as he
visits a new store at the Baybrook Mall Houston.
Stack is issuing a letter Wednesday, Feb. 28,
2018, about his decision to end the sale of
assault-style weapons and high-capacity
magazines at stores.
GRAFTON — Edward Stack, chairman and CEO of Dick’s
Sporting Goods, said this week that the retail chain
will tighten its own restrictions on gun sales in light
of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and called for the
nation’s leaders to do the same.
“We at Dick’s
Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic
events in Parkland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the
victims and their loved ones,” Stack said in a statement.
and prayers are not enough.”
the local Dick’s store in Grafton, 1020 Port Washington Road,
directed media questions to the corporate office, which issued the
statement from Stack.
Dick’s Sporting Good store, located in the
is one of about 610 stores in the country.
According to Stack’s statement, assault style rifles
were removed from sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores
after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
2012, but will now be removed from all stores, including
its Field & Stream locations as well.
Stack committed Dick’s Sporting Goods, effective immediately, to:
No longer sell firearms to any person younger than 21 years old.
No longer sell high-capacity magazines.
Continue to ban the sale of bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic
weapons to fire more rapidly.
“We support and
respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that
the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible,
law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s
in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives
of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of
America — our kids,” Stack said.
Parkland shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods reviewed its gun sale
records and discovered that in November of last year, the company
sold Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz a shotgun. Stack said the sale
was legal and the gun was not the one used in the shooting, but it
could have been, and Dick’s never wants to be part of such events.
In the same
statement, Stack called on elected officials to enact what he called
common-sense gun reform. He said they should ban assault rifles,
high-capacity magazines and bump stocks and raise the purchase age
for firearms, as Dick’s has done on its own, and:
Require universal background checks that include relevant mental
health information and previous interactions with the law;
Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying
Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the
necessity of background checks.
tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and
making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and
elsewhere in our country. We have heard you. The nation has heard
you,” Stack said.
Walmart sets age of 21 to buy firearms, ammunition
NEW YORK — Walmart announced
Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and
ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also
remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its
The move comes after Dick's Sporting
Goods announced earlier in the day that it would
restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years
old. It didn't mention ammunition. 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.
Walmart said its decision came after
the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light
of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The
teenage gunman used an AR-15 rifle. It said it takes
"seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of
firearms" and also emphasized its background of serving
"serving sportsmen and hunters."
Several major corporations, including
MetLife, Hertz and Delta Air Lines, have cut ties with
the NRA since the Florida tragedy, but none were
retailers that sold guns. The NRA has pushed back
aggressively against calls for raising age limits for
guns or restricting the sale of assault-style weapons.
Walmart Inc. stopped selling AR-15
guns and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015. It
doesn't sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a
semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds
faster. It also doesn't sell large-capacity magazines.
It also says it doesn't sell handguns, except in Alaska.
In announcing the change in policy,
the company said it had processes in place to make sure
it was applied for online sales.