Locals react to Dick’s Sporting Goods store retracting assault rifle sales

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Dick’s Sporting Goods is making some changes to the way they do business. 

The store announced on Wednesday they will stop selling assault-style rifles and will no longer sell high-capacity magazines.

Wednesday marks two weeks since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The shooting claimed the lives of the 17 people, both students and teachers.   

Many businesses are now taking a stand. CNN spoke to Ed Stack, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods. In that interview he said, “We felt that we needed to make a statement that we will no longer sell assault type rifles, high capacity magazines and a few other things.”

The Florida shooter bought a gun at Dick’s, but the company says it was not the AR-15 style rifle he used in the attack.

Stack said he knew there was going to be backlash and it may hurt business, but he wanted to send a bigger message. 

“We need to take a stand on this and those kids talk about enough is enough we concluded that if those kids are brave enough to organize to do what they are doing, then we should be brave enough to take a stand,” said Stack.  

Dick’s has two locations in Colorado Springs and one in Pueblo. The store is also planning to raise the minimum age to 21 for all firearms.  

FOX21 spoke to locals about this change. 

“It’s kind of their loss,” said Nathan Forrest, a Colorado Springs resident. “Its will drive buyers more told local stores.”

“It takes courage to do that in El Paso County,”  said Colorado Springs native Karon McCormick.  

Some said gun buyers will just go elsewhere.

“It’s less money in their pockets. The less that they sell, the less money they make,” said Forrest.  

Other say this change makes them want to support the store.  

“I do shoot, I’m a target shooter and I conceal carry, but I don’t believe anybody needs 30 rounds,” said McCormick. “Our streets are not going to be safe, unless we take these action.”

“I just think it’s one last place that you can find that stuff available,” Forrest said.  

Joining in on that bandwagon, retail giant, Walmart released a statement that said: 

“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age.”

It goes on to say they are removing any toys and items that even resemble assault-style rifles from their website. 

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