Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling assault rifles 'permanently'

Emily Cohn

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.

The shooting has brought about a national dialogue about gun rights in the US. Many are pressuring corporations to take a stand against the National Rifle Association by cutting ties with the group. More than a dozen— including Hertz, United, and Delta — have recently severed ties with the gun lobbying group.

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