Politics & Policy

Customers Threaten to Boycott Dick’s Sporting Goods Over Decision Not to Sell Assault Weapons

The company sold a shotgun legally to the Parkland shooter.

Dick’s Sporting Goods sold a shotgun to the Parkland, Fla., shooter legally before the 19-year-old opened fire inside his former school on Valentine’s Day, killing 17.

Although the shotgun was not the one the gunman used in his attack, the now distraught sporting company announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines in its stores, a move that has angered some customers, who say they will boycott the store.

“We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment, I’m a gun owner myself,” CEO Ed Stack of the sporting store said Wednesday on Good Morning America. “We don’t want to be a part of this story, and we have eliminated these guns permanently.”

Dick’s ban is reminiscent of the ban it instated after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, but the company returned to selling the weapons a few months later. This time, however, the store says the ban is permanent.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” the company said in a statement. “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.”

The company added that the “systems in place” are clearly not sufficient to protect kids since the shooter was able to buy many firearms legally.

 

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