Edward Stack Nikolas Cruz

Dick's Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO Edward Stack isn't waiting for members of Congress to move on banning assault rifles. Stack told Good Morning America he is banning sales of assault rifles in all of his stores in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

Stack announced the company policy on Wednesday morning, before explaining his decision on Good Morning America.

"We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all Dick’S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores."

He added: "We will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age."

School shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, managed to purchase an AR-15 and high capacity magazines even though he had a history of violence and mental illness.

Stack acknowledged that Cruz purchased a shotgun from a Dick's store in November -- after is mother, Lynda Cruz, died of pneumonia on Nov. 1.

"It wasn't the type of gun that he used in the shooting but when that happened, we realized that the system -- and we did everything by the book -- and still he was able to buy a gun," Stack told Good Morning America.

He added: "When we looked at that we said the systems that are in place across the board just aren't effective enough to keep us from selling a gun to a person like that."

That's when Stack decided to remove assault rifles from all Field & Stream stores as well.

"We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being taken seriously," he said.

On Tuesday, Florida lawmakers voted to allow teachers to carry guns inside classrooms.

  • Phillybruh

    Bout time some of these stores did something.

  • Kanyade


  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    didn't know dick sporting goods sold guns .. dick heads.

  • Scromes1212

    A step in the right direction. I think they will get some type of legislation passed soon.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I applaud this choice

  • jazmine

    I still haven't heard an explanation on why anyone needs assault style rifles

  • klwbaby

    I didn't know that either. I thought they just sold expensive azz sporting equipment and apparel.

  • Trey

    Thats a great step

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    and i've actually shopped there .. smh.

  • You Could Never

    I didnt know either til few years ago. I was just there for some shin guards for a then 8 yo soccer player. Surprised me too

  • Yardgirl

    Dicks showing they have the "balls" to stand up to the NRA backlash!! I hope people are closely watching their elected officials and their votes to help determine who gets the boots come mid-term elections in November.

  • Ni Ni

    That's good. It has been confirmed what many of us were thinking, that Nik cruz biological mom was an addict. A neighbor said he had problems early on in life. Nick pushed her baby in the pool when he was 2.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This is going to be a rough year for Republicans/conservatives at the polls.

    This gun debate is going to mobilize the liberal/Democrat vote even more for this November. It was already shaping up to be pretty bad for them because of T.Rump, but this will just make it worse.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I think the biggest problem is the gun shows. They are the most easiest place to get guns.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    With this natinal opiod epidemic, there's a been a lot more "opiod babies" being born to addicts the past several years. Lets hope a lot of them dont grow up to be future Nicholas Cruz's.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And Trump's backtracking on raising the age of purchase for a firearm and the general dithering of Congressional Republicans on this issue isn't going to play well with white suburban moms.

  • Ghost

    Dick's have other profitable items that probably affect the bottom line more so than guns. Why be bothered with the controversy if you don't have to? Family has been in business for 70 years! They've already made money for the next 3 generations...

    I'm glad he can afford to make a stand...maybe others can too!

  • Gloria

    When the government/White society is heavily advocating to get rid of guns..... thats when we KNOW we need guns. Booking my conceal and carry class today.

  • Yardgirl

    Good!! The NRA has their boots on their necks and now is the time to man up or ship out. I am an Independent voter and thinker and I research the facts before voting. The CT delegation has been fighting with Agent Orange for months so I know where they stand (2 are meeting with him today)

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    There are over 300 million guns in circulation and I don't see anyone trying to get rid of guns, but America's lust for guns is about to end.

  • hottlanta

    The goon in Georgia trying to hold Delta hostage is a mess.

  • Stationarity

    RIGHT! I have heard all types of BS "reasons" but they just make men/women feel powerful, are fun to shoot, and its cool to say that they own one.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    *face palm*

    They are not trying to get rid of (all) guns.

  • Gloria

    You don't? I see a plethora of people trying to get rid of guns completely in the U.S. Assault rifles are one thing but a lot of people advocating for gun control legislation is aiming to get rid of guns altogether in this country, similar to European gun control. Which, STILL has mass shooting despite total gun control.

  • Gloria

    Do your research.

  • Stationarity

    Are you going to get an assault rifle? Government/White society (whoever that encompasses) doesn't want to get rid of all guns.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    I mean its a start. Just waiting on the government to do the same smh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Again there are 300 million weapons in circulation most of them on the black market so how will the government find all of these guns?

    Please show me when Europe has a mass shooting despite gun control?

    Australia banned assault weapons in 1996 and hasn't had any mass shootings since.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    If he wins the Republican nomination governor I believe that Stacy Abrams has a chance to win in the fall.

  • hottlanta

    Do you mean Stacy Dash she is running for political office as well.. Also, fake Alpha,Fat Boy Mark Burns with the strip mall church with the 5 chairs from Target gonna run in South Carolina.

  • Gloria

    Huh? Did I ever say that the government was going to confiscate all firearm weapons? No..... Now you are trailing off on the topic.

    Again, I said there is an abundance of advocate for total gun control. That is a fact.

    And if you are aware of what is currently happening in the world, you would know that all four of the 2015 mass shootings in France involved machine guns, which, again, has total gun control.

    And good for Australia. A lot of people die from stabbings there.

  • puppylove

    But if guns get banned you won't be able to carry a concealed weapon.

  • Gloria

    No, just something that can protect me and mines. We'll see. I know #45 wants to have educators strapped.....

  • Coco_Butter

    Although I admire his stance on this but should have been done a long time ago especially after Sandy Hook’s shooting of those babies.

    But a complete ban on assault rifles is still needed.

  • jrock

    I commend Dick’s Sporting Goods. It's a small start. Hopefully other sporting good stores will at least follow and maybe others too.

  • pure_rachet

    My former boss went to AZ to purchase an AR. Had ammo sitting on his desk. I was so scared and now realizing getting fired probably saved my life.

  • Mark mcharm

    i doubt they will ever get rid of all guns but if someone has a assault rifle what is your gun going to do even a magnum cannot outshoot a as rifle.

  • Gloria

    Lets just hope that doesn't happen. I don't think it will. There is just heavy support for it.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    great job Dick's Sporting. Maybe it's not about what the government will put into policy or law. Maybe it's as simple as individuals simply doing their smaller parts for the greater good.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No isn't Stacey Abrams the African American who is the House Minority Leader who is running for governor in Georgia this year?

  • pure_rachet

    They have a 2 story store out here. Really nice and expensive. I had no clue.

  • Mark mcharm

    it will be some where in the middle but they need to ban rifles

  • Gloria

    It is impossible to get rid of every gun in Amerikka. White society is just a proponent for it, specifically assault rifles. But I have heard many people and have read that there is a strong desire to have total gun control here, its unlikely, (as you said )to get rid of all guns. Idk why people are trying to argue with me when I literally agree with everyone that assault rifles are unnecessary lol.

    I just warn people that the government has an agenda. There has always been an agenda and a war of terror against black people. Just be cautious and aware.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    I don't see how people believe guns can protect them from the government. I'd be more concerned about the engineered food in circulation that's making people crazy or the 'vaccines' with an extra side of cray...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The bad thing is, other businesses might look at that and decide not to come to Georgia if politicians can try to punish them for decisions they dont like.
    This guy is scaring away business from the state of Georgia and doesnt even know it.

  • You Could Never

    I agree. But I am glad Delta is not folding. Just like Coca Cola didnt when folks were trying to boycott ATL back when Dr. King won the Peace Prize. The corporate giants like them need to flex THEIR muscles and show these folks who the real bosses are.


  • Quitedeliteful

    the engineered food in circulation that's making people crazy or the 'vaccines' with an extra side of cray...
    This will kill us all for sure...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What entity would have the power to confiscate weapons other than the government?

    So you think groups of bored white folks would band together and do home invasions looking for guns?

  • datATLboi

    Finally some good news has come from this!!! Hopefully he's not just doing this to grab headlines and then slither back into the shadows later

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    for real...



  • angrysolo

    at this point every lil but counts. can’t keep having babies getting caps buss’d in em

  • Jethro
  • Tiffani Jett

    Great decision! The company could potentially lose millions of dollars because of their decision. But, I appreciate them looking out for the children. Next time I am in the market for sporting goods I will shop at Dick's.

  • R Smith

    All guns will never be banned in this country and they shouldn't --2nd Amendment. Assault rifles should have specific laws (age, mental health, etc).

  • Liah

    Great Job!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Wanna know why these guns are open to the public? The truth lies in the old adage that is still popular, you don't take a knife to a gun fight. Its the same reason we have nuclear
    war heads and don't want anyone else to possess that power. If you have
    the bigger stronger weapon, what are the chances that someone will pick a
    fight with you? See that's the fear tactic the NRA uses.. but disguise
    it as fun to have when the truth is most get it to feel more in control
    so in the event that they are invited to a shoot out they will have the
    upper hand..Our society create people who have been bullied, abused, mistreated, felt less than, felt superior to, who have experienced personal harm and then said lets give them all easy access to a way to destroy each other and let them weed themselves out..

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    This is wonderful. private companies need to keep stepping up. I am Dick's "new" shopper and in support of the company.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    This is country-wide which makes it the better.