Feb 28, 2018

Dick's Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles

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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U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdraws from 3rd base this month

A soldier stands guard at the Qayyarah airbase in southern Mosul on March 26. Photo: Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The United States-led coalition in Iraq withdrew from K-1 Air Base in the northern part of the country on Sunday, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's the third site that coalition forces have left this month as the U.S. gathers troops in Baghdad and at Ain al-Asad Air Base.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 679,977 — Total deaths: 31,734 — Total recoveries: 145,625.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 124,686 — Total deaths: 2,191 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per CDC, those residents should "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska issues a stay-at-home order — New York tries to nearly triple hospital capacity in less than a month and moved presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's initial handling of the virus balk at call for U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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The year of the protest meets the year of the lockdown

Hong Kong demonstrators protest a government ban on face masks in October. Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images

The year of the mass uprising has collided with the year of the coronavirus lockdown, leaving protest movements around the world stalled. 

The big picture: The enduring images of 2019 are of protest — from Hong Kong to Khartoum, across the Middle East and through much of Latin America. Seemingly overnight, though, social distancing has made such mass demonstrations almost unthinkable.

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