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Media Statements – DICK'S Sporting Goods

Dick's Sporting Goods announced Wednesday it will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles, as well as require all gun buyers to be at least 21.

Both Walmart and Dick's said they would stop selling guns to people under age 21, and Dick's also will cut of sales of large capacity magazines.

Last fall, the stock price for Dick's Sporting Goods fell to its lowest level since 2010, a slump it blamed on disappointing sales of hunting gear - including rifles - which the retailer's chief financial officer, Lee Belitsky, said were running "much worse than our expectations". "The difference is those parents [of Sandy Hook victims and survivors] didn't have one one-thousandth of what [Parkland] kids today have in social media presence".

Wilkerson said he believes gun stores could see more customers, as pro-Second Amendment shoppers would be deterred from shopping at Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods due to their new policies.

The 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student is accused of using an AR-15 assault-style weapon to carry out the killing.

"We at Dick's Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland".

Stack said on "Good Morning America" that Dick's is prepared for any potential backlash, but it will never allow the sale of such guns in its stores again. But he added: "If the kids in Parkland are being courageous enough to stand up and do this, we can be fearless enough to stand up with them". Walmart stopped selling assault rifles and related accessories in 2015, but said they would also pull guns, air rifles and toys that resemble them from store shelves.

Mike Parnell: It doesn't change anything as a business, it is their right just like it is the right for a bakery to not make a gay marriage cake.

"There are plenty other guns for sale in the store that are semi-automatic, but don't happen to look like an assault rifles", said Tyler Mizell. But sales had resumed at its smaller chain of Field & Stream stores, which consisted of 35 outlets in 16 states as of October. "But we have to help solve the problem that's in front of us". 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.

"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, sales have increased along with renewed calls for gun control, according to gun sellers. The statement also demanded a comprehensive database of people banned from buying firearms and the closure of the private sale and gun show loophole that waives background checks.

President Donald Trump has also been forcing the Congress to raise the minimum age limit to 21 for all gun purchases.