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Eileen GuzmanMar 04, 2018

On Wednesday - two weeks after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Dick's Sporting Goods announced that shoppers under the age of 21 would be barred from purchasing firearms from stores.

The decision to overhaul its own rules on gun sales puts the company out front in a falling out between corporate America and groups like the National Rifle Association.

Dick's Sporting Goods also changed its weapons policy this week, announcing that it will no longer sell assault-style weapons to anyone in its stores.

The company also noted that its gun sales are part of a tradition of selling goods for outdoor activities such as hunting and sport shooting, and that the company does not have any ties to the National Rifle Association or any other political group or candidate.

The sporting goods chain, which has stores in Augusta, Bangor, South Portland and Topsham, said it also has chose to remove high-capacity magazines from the shelves at its stores, and raise the minimum age of purchase for any firearms to 21.

A statement by Walmart also said it would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.

Late Thursday, REI issued a statement noting that while it does not sell guns, it expects companies that do to help prevent mass shootings.

Companies like Dick's had already changed gun-sale policies in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT, but the Parkland shooting has opened a fissure between a portion of corporate America and organizations like the National Rifle Association. It had stopped selling AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015, citing weak sales. The industry is highly fragmented and made up mostly of small, independent businesses - about 6,500 of them. He did not criticize the retailer's decision to raise its minimum purchase age for guns, but said it would have an impact on where Mainers can buy firearms. Companies are showing they can contribute if they are willing to lead. Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, who is 19 years old, legally purchased at least 10 guns, according to CNN.

"It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting", the CEO wrote. Calls to the NRA were not immediately returned. "But it could have been". Most of those business owners aren't changing a thing. It will extend that ban to Alaska, where customers could get such guns via special order.

Dick's is based just outside of Pittsburgh in a state where the first day of deer hunting season is an unofficial holiday for many families. "I guess they have their reasons, you know, but as far as I'm concerned the law is that we can carry guns and that's our right and I believe we should have that right".

DeGarmo praised his former managers and co-workers in his resignation letter as well, writing, "My coworkers and management at store 1244 were always of the highest standing and quality, I have no complaints about their work ethic or moral standing".

Platt said she now plans to start buying more at her local Dick's store, including a pair of sneakers this week. "I care about this issue".

Stack said on "Good Morning America" that Dick's is prepared for any potential backlash, but it will never allow the sale of such guns in its stores again.

But many others were unhappy with the company's move, some posting on the Dick's page that they would stop shopping at its stores. Susquehanna Bancshares upgraded Dicks Sporting Goods from a "neutral" rating to a "positive" rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $25.00 to $41.00 in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd.

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