Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports retailers in the US, will stop selling assault-style weapons and will require gun buyers to be at least 21 years old, the company’s CEO Ed Stack announced Wednesday morning.
“We’re staunch supporters of the second amendment, I’m a gun owner myself,” Stack said on “Good Morning America.” “We don’t want to be a part of this story and we have eliminated these guns permanently.”
In November Dick’s sold a gun to Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people at a high school in Florida on February 14, though he used a different gun in the shooting, according to The New York Times.
“Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a gun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017,” Dick’s said in a letter to customers posted on its Facebook page. “It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been.”
The shooting has brought about a national debate about gun rights in the US.
“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” Stack told The Times. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us.”