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CEO Of Dick’s Sporting Goods Addresses “Backlash” Company Will Now Get

A picture of Dick's Sporting Goods store.

Earlier today, Dick's Sporting Goods announced some major news. The popular sports apparel and equipment outlet will no longer sell assault-style rifles in its stores.

Dick's decision comes in the wake of the recent Parkland school shooting. Dick's CEO Edward Stack announced the decision on ABC’s Good Morning America. 

Additionally, Dick's announced it will no longer sell guns to anyone under the age of 21 or high-capacity magazines. The Parkland shooter purchased a shotgun from a Dick's store, though it wasn't the gun he used in the massacre.

"We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens," read part of Dick's official statement. "But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids."

Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Stack admitted the company will take backlash for its decision. He said they are prepared to handle it.

"The hunt business is an important part of the business, no doubt about it. And we know there will be some backlash," he said.

But he said he and other executives at the company were moved by the Parkland school shooting survivors' push for gun control measures.

"As we sat and talked about it with our management team, it was -- to a person -- that this is what we need to do," he said. "These kids talk about enough is enough. We concluded if these kids are brave enough to organize and do what they're doing, we should be brave enough to take this stand."

You can view a portion of Stack's interview on GMA here.