Gov. Malloy Statement On Dick's Sporting Goods' Decision To Stop Selling Assault-Style Rifles
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement regarding Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to stop selling assault-style rifles in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL. Dick’s is also advocating for commonsense gun reform, calling on elected officials to raise the age to purchase guns to 21, ban assault-type weapons, ban bump stocks, and support universal background checks.
“At a time when the American people are rising up and demanding meaningful gun safety reform, the federal government continues to bend to the will of the NRA,” Governor Malloy said. “When even major retailers that sell guns say it’s time to ban assault-style weapons, members of Congress should listen up, and take action. I applaud Dick’s Sporting Goods for their strong stance on this critical issue, and hope that more companies follow suit in this prime example of good cooperate stewardship.”
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “I commend Dick’s Sporting Goods for their action, and the other companies throughout the nation who have stood up for public safety. Students in Parkland were the latest victims of gun laws that are lax, riddled with loopholes, and not keeping pace with modern technology, but the reality is we have an entire generation of young people who go to school each day under a cloud of “what if.” Dick’s Sporting Goods has emerged as a leader. They stand in good company with a student movement that has swept the country, and other businesses that are calling for action. Congress would do well to listen.”
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