Local gun store owner, professor react to Dick's assault rifle sales halt


    Chris Waltz, owner of AR-15 Gun Owners of America in Warner Robins, says he thinks this won't make much of a difference and will only hurt Dick's business/Eric Mock (WGXA)<p>{/p}

    WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Dick's Sporting Goods announced Wednesday it's banning selling assault-style rifles and raising the age to be able to buy a gun at their stores to 21.

    This in wake of the Florida high school shooting on Feb. 14 that left 17 people dead.

    Chris Waltz, owner of AR-15 Gun Owners of America in Warner Robins, says he thinks this won't make much of a difference and will only hurt Dick's business.

    Waltz says there's already so many AR-15's out there that banning their sale won't stop someone from getting one.

    Brooke Miller, political science professor at Middle Georgia State University, partly agrees with Waltz. However, she says the move by Dick's is a step in the right direction.

    For it to make a major impact, Miller says more companies need to follow suit.

    Following Wednesday morning's announcement, Dick's Sporting Goods CEO and Chairman Ed Stack released a written statement explaining the decision.

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