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Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Dick’s Sporting Goods look ready to stop selling guns entirely

Dicks Sporting Goods could announce as early as Thursday a new plan to stop selling guns at all of its stores, according to CNN Business. 

This would be an further reduction of their services after the Parkland shooting in Florida.

In March, the Pittsburgh-headquartered company announced the retailer would stop selling firearms entirely at 125 of its stores, leaving sales in about 600 stores.

“We did have a conversation about that,” CEO Ed Stack told CNN Business earlier this year. “At the time we felt it was a part of our DNA and we should stay in it. So many people in the country are law-abiding citizens who use firearms to hunt, to use from a recreation standpoint. We didn’t think it was right to exit the business completely.

Dick’s, one of the country’s biggest gun retailers, has been quietly testing the water on whether to pull out entirely from what it calls the “hunt” business, including firearms. Two weeks after the Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018, Dick’s decided to drop the sale of “assault-style rifles,” which critics blame in many of these mass shootings.

“At the time we felt it was a part of our DNA and we should stay in it,” Stack told CNN last year. “So many people in the country are law-abiding citizens who use firearms to hunt, to use from a recreation standpoint. We didn’t think it was right to exit the business completely.”

Walmart, too, stopped selling many semi-automatic rifles after the shooting in Parkland and has not sold handguns for several years. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company also increased the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition to 21.

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