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Gun owners say Dick's Sporting Goods semi-automatic weapon ban will not end mass shootings

Dick's Sporting Goods will remove all semi-automatic weapons from their 35 Field & Stream stores.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 7:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— Dick's Sporting Goods is taking semi-automatic rifles off of its shelves after the mass shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.

The store hasn't sold what they call "assault-style weapons" since Sandy Hook in 2012. Now they are taking them off the shelves in their 35 Field & Stream stores.

Local gun owners say Dick's decision isn't going to make a difference. Mike Davis and his son Robert own multiple semi-automatic rifles and say people behind the guns are the reason for these deaths.

Mike is concerned more about the lack of laws on gun sales between individuals than retailers.

"If I'm selling a gun, I don't know if the person's a felon or anything. I don't think that's right," Mike said.

Mike understands the dangers of these weapons if they're in the wrong hands. He believes people with mental health issues should not be allowed to own a gun. Mike and his son say shooting guns is a way for them to bond. 

According to a press release from Dick's, the company will also not allow a person to buy a firearm if they are under 21 years old.

CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods, Edward Stack, says this change is a step in the right direction.

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

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