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Dick's Sporting Goods to remove all assault style guns

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Dick's Sporting Goods to remove all assault style guns
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Dick's Sporting Goods in Flowood, Miss
MPB News

One of the nation's largest sports retailers is making it harder to buy guns. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports on customers' mixed reactions.

DICK's Sporting Goods is taking gun control into their own hands. Yesterday, the company released a statement saying they will no longer sell firearms to persons under age twenty-one. The store will also discontinue selling high capacity magazines. After the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, DICK's stores removed assault-style rifles. The company will now remove them from its 35 affiliate stores.

Butch Tinnen was shopping at DICK'S. The veteran says if he had known about the announcement earlier, he wouldn't have shopped with them.

"The federal government says we can have it so we can have it. It's wrong to tell me what I can and can't buy wherever I want to buy it at. If they don't want mine and my brother veterans money than we won't give it to them. We will take it somewhere else," said Tinnen.

The statement from DICK's Sporting Goods also says they never sold bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly-- and they never will.

Customer Joe Miller says unless you're in the military or have served, you don't need to buy a gun at eighteen. He also agrees to keep bump stocks off the shelves.

"We buy weapons for hunting or home defense or this, that and the other. I don't think that you need an automatic weapon unless you're in a warfare. I think they should make it all illegal as far as the capability to modify a weapon," said Miller.

The change in rules at Dick's follows the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Ashley Norwood, MPB News.