DICK’s Sporting Goods, who has a store in the Oglethorpe Shopping Center in Hinesville, has announced they will no longer sell assault-style rifles at their retailers to include all 35 Field & Stream stores.
DICK’s Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack issued a media statement stating DICK’s Sporting Goods stores had already pulled assault rifles from their stores after the Sandy Hook massacre. However after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the store added they would no longer sell assault rifles at any of their affiliates, will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21, no longer sell high capacity magazines and that they never have and never will sell bump stocks.
The company is also taking a stance imploring elected officials to enact common sense gun reforms to include:
Ban assault-style firearms
Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks
“We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being taken seriously,” Stack wrote in the statement. “Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again. They may be correct – but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it. We deeply believe that this country’s most precious gift is our children. They are our future. We must keep them safe.”