Dick’s to stop sale of assault-style rifles in Field & Stream stores

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Wednesday it will no longer sell assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines in stores.

The company’s CEO on Wednesday said the decision came following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as the response from survivors. He also called for “common sense gun reform” from legislators.

The modern sporting rifles were removed from all Dick’s Sporting Goods stores after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Now, they’ll also be removed from all 35 Field & Stream stores, the closest of which are located in New York.

In addition, the retailer said it won’t sell firearms to anyone under the age of 21.

“Great idea. Why is that? Because of the gun violence,” Larry Page of Providence said. “I’m all for not selling guns. I don’t see the need for it unless you’re a hunter with specific background checks.”

It’s already illegal in Massachusetts to sell assault-style rifles but stores still can in Rhode Island under the current law.