Dick's Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles in stores

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Sports retailer Dick's Sporting Goods is ending sales of assault-style firearms in its stores.

According to a press release from the company, he retailer also will not sell high-capacity magazines and that it wouldn't sell any gun to individuals under 21 years of age.

The announcement comes weeks after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.

Edward W. Stack, CEO of the chain, expressed support for students organizing in the wake of the tragedy, while also stating they still support and respect the Second Amendment.

The retailer also reiterated they never have and never will sell bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

Stack also implored legislators to enact what he says are common sense gun reforms and to pass legislation that includes banning assault-style firearms, raising the minimum purchase age to 21, banning high capacity magazines and bump stocks; requiring universal background checks which include extensive mental health evaluations and criminal records; ensuring a complete universal database of individuals banned from buying firearms, and closing loopholes that allow private sales and gun shows to bypass background checks.

"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," said Stack.

"We deeply believe that this country’s most precious gift is our children. They are our future. We must keep them safe."

The retailer chain has storefronts in Waco and Harker Heights.