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Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods to limit sale of high-powered guns

03 March 2018, 05:07 | Katrina Lee

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"We believe these are common sense steps we can take immediately that are in line with our values and our vision", Kroger told Observer in a statement.

Stack said he hoped that conversation would include politicians.

On Wednesday, the retailer announced it would stop selling assault-style rifles and increase the minimum age for purchasing firearms to 21.

This is not the first time Dick's has made changes in response to a school massacre.

Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the U.S.'s largest retailers of sporting equipment, will no longer sell assault rifles.

"L.L. Bean only sells firearms specifically for hunting, and only in our ME store after comprehensive background checks in compliance with State/Fed law".

This time, Stack said, the changes will be permanent.

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.

The move follows the revelation that Nikolas Cruz, the alleged gunman behind the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, bought a gun at Dick's in 2017.

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Jim Wallace, president of Gun Owners Action League of MA, said the privately owned shops don't have the same concerns as the large retail corporations with their stockholders, corporate attorneys and insurance.

The chain will no longer sell firearms to any person under 21 years old, nor will it continue selling high-capacity magazines.

According to a company spokesman, top executives from the company made the decision and then informed the board. Dick's stopped selling rifles like the AR-15 in December 2012 at all of its 700 stores. The owner is confident in his employees' education to sell guns to the right owners. "We don't want to be a part of a mass shooting", he said. It doesn't sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds faster.

Charlie Edwards, owner of Firing Pin in Opelika, said he doesn't think the decision by Dick's will affect specialty stores like his, which typically attract a different type of clientele than big box stores.

"We do shop at Dick's on occasion". But last August, Dick's shares plummeted after it said weak results from its hunting segment resulted in its missing Wall Street's second-quarter earnings estimates.

Dick's, a major gun retailer, had cut off sales of assault-style weapons at Dick's stores following the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The changes at Walmart will also affect more than just its firearm and ammunition sales.

"We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms", Walmart said in a statement The company, which operates 4,600 USA stores, had stopped selling the AR-15 and other rifles in 2015 and doesn't sell handguns except in Alaska.



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