Dick's Sporting Goods CEO: Stores to stop selling assault-style rifles and raise age limit

Dick's Sporting Goods at the Square One Mall in Saugus, Mass. (Google Maps via MGN)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The CEO and chairman of Dick's Sporting Goods announced Wednesday that the retailer will stop selling assault-style rifles and will not sell guns to anyone under the age of 21.

CEO Edward Stack went on ABC's "Good Morning America" to explain the decision to stop selling the weapons in the wake of the Florida high school shooting on Feb. 14 that left 17 people dead.

"As we looked to what happened down in Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened. We felt we really needed to do something," Stack told host George Stephanopoulos.

The company released a statement going into further detail about their new policy and the reasons behind their actions. Dick's confirmed that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Florida shooting, had legally bought a shotgun from one of their stores in November 2017. It was not the gun Cruz used during his admitted attack but Dick's says "it could have been."

The company said that the shooting showed them that the current systems in place are not enough to keep people safe. In addition to the rifles, Dick's will also stop selling high capacity magazines and reiterated that they have never sold bump stocks.

The announcement comes exactly two weeks after 14 students and three school staffers were killed when authorities say a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police later arrested Cruz and charged him with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Wednesday also marks the first time since the attack that those Florida students returned to class.

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