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Dick's: Thoughts & Prayers Are Not Enough

Sporting Goods Chain No Longer Selling Assault-Style Rifles

February 28, 2018 - 2:21 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The suspected Parkland, Florida school shooter purchased an assault rifle at Dick's Sportings Goods store, so the company is making major changes.

Dick's said it has stopped selling assault-style rifles in wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day that left 17 people dead.

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, the company said "thoughts and prayers are not enough. We have to help solve the problem that's in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America - our kids."

The company said it respects the Second Amendment and recognizes that most gun owners are responsible, but it needs to do something.

Last November, suspected gunman shooter Nikolas Cruz bought a shotgun from Dick's, but it was not used in the massacre, the company said.

CEO Ed Stack says his stores will no longer sell guns to anyone younger than 21 and is also ending sales of high capacity magazines. 

Dick's is also imploring lawmakers to pass "common sense gun reform."