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A gun display at Dick's in Paramus, New Jersey. Photo: Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style rifles, end the sale of high-capacity magazines, and stop selling guns to customers under the age of 21, CEO Ed Stack said in a Wednesday interview with ABC's Good Morning America.

“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset … We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us … We’re going to take a stand and step up and tell people our view and, hopefully, bring people along into the conversation.”
— Stack to the N.Y. Times

One thing to watch with companies cutting gun ties is how long it lasts, Axios' Dan Primack notes. After Sandy Hook, for example, Dick's Sporting Goods pulled assault-style rifles from its shelves. But a few months later they re-appeared at the company's outdoor and hunting retail chain, Field & Stream.

  • Stack told ABC the changes at Dick's will be permanent this time.
  • Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz bought a shotgun from a Dick's in November 2017. It was not the weapon he used to kill 17 students and teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School, but the purchase motivated the company to take action.
  • “[I]t came to us that we could have been a part of this story,’’ he told ABC. “We said, ‘We don’t want to be a part of this any longer."

Go deeper: Companies face pressure on guns in the wake of the Parkland shooting

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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