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Dick's Sporting Goods stops selling assault-style rifles, raises age to 21 to buy guns

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Dick's Sporting Good's CEO announced this morning that the store will no longer sell assault-style rifles, and they will not sell guns to those under 21.

The new measures go into effect today and were announced by CEO Ed Stack.

"We looked at what happened and we were truly deeply moved and disturbed by those events," Stack said in an interview Tuesday evening. "When we saw what the kids were going through and the grief of the parents and the kids who were killed in Parkland, we felt we needed to do something."

Stack said after the Parkland shooting, the retailer began to go through old records and realized that they had legally sold a gun to Nikolas Cruz in November, the man accused of killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School. The retailer said it was not the gun or type of gun used in the shooting. 

"But it came to us that we could have been a part of this story,'' he said. "We said, 'We don't want to be a part of this any longer,'" said Mr. Stack.

Mr. Stack said he expects there to be some fallout brought on by the new policy, "but we're willing to accept that."

"If the kids in Parkland are being brave enough to stand up and do this, we can be brave enough to stand up with them," Stack added. 

Dick's also says they are calling on elected officials to "enact common sense gun reform."

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