In the midst of a re-ignited fierce debate over gun control in America following the recent shocking massacre at a high school in Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced on Wednesday that it was permanently curbing the sale of certain guns at all of its stores in the country.
Dick’s CEO Ed Stack said their company would stop selling assault-style firearms or high-capacity magazines. They would also stop selling any guns to those under age 21.
Stack also said he is prepared to take on any potential backlash toward their business as he emphasized: “We’re taking these guns out of all our stores permanently.
The Pennsylvania-based Dick’s sells weapons via its Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream stores.
Stack did not stop with the curb on the sale of certain guns but is also urging Congress “to act comprehensively” not only on the background checks but also on mental health and other possible solution to the problem. Stack believes there were not enough systematic protections to prevent gun sales to people who are potential threats.
His solution for now, while he thinks that the systems that are in place across the board just aren’t effective enough, is not to sell assault-type rifles anymore.
The White House is pushing Congress to pass gun control measures. President Trump has spoken in support of more comprehensive background checks and even signed a memo for his administration to ban “bump stocks”, devices that make semiautomatic weapons work like fully automatic ones, without Congress’s approval.
Trump also floated the possibility of giving police the authority to temporarily confiscate guns from those reported to have violent or threatening behavior or who have mental illnesses. The President also said he would consider raising the minimum age for buying certain assault rifles from 18 to 21. At one point, he appeared to have suggested arming school teachers.
Gun rights advocates and other conservatives oppose such measures and have expressed their concerns about everyone, including Trump, taking gun control too far.