Edward Stack, chairman and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, announced Feb. 28 in a letter and on television news programs that all of its stores will no longer sell assault rifles and high-capacity magazines and will stop selling guns to anyone younger than age 21.
The retailer has a store located at 618 Commons Drive, Geneva. The company noted it had already removed assault-style rifles from its Dick's Sporting Goods division following the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.
Stack’s statements come in the wake of 17 people killed in a Feb. 14 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in which the gunman used a semi-automatic rifle.
“We at Dick’s Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland,” Stack’s letter stated. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. … Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids.”
Stack’s letter urged elected officials to ban assault-style firearms, raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, ban high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, require universal background checks, ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms and close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives background checks.
Walmart, L.L. Bean and Kroger also announced they were raising the age to buy guns to 21.