Two retailers make changes in how they sell guns

Feb 28, 2018, 6:04 PM
...

SALT LAKE CITY – Both Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods are making big changes in how they sell guns.  Both say they’ll no longer sell to people younger than 21, and Dick’s says it won’t sell “assault style” weapons at all.

To some people, Dick’s Sporting Good’s decision is good first step.  Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center Board Member Gary Sackett believes an AR-15 should only be in the hands of police or military.  He says, “You don’t need an AR-15 to defend yourself.”

Sackett says even if “assault style” isn’t an industry term, he says retailers can decide not to sell anything they choose.  “It’s perfectly logical and perfectly rational to identify those weapons that are material ways in which mass shootings can take place,” he adds.  He also says other high-powered weapons, like machine guns, have already been banned for civilian use, so he doesn’t think banning guns like AR-15s is unreasonable.

However, gun rights advocates say it’s dangerous to use made-up terms like “assault style.”  Utah Shooting Sports Council Chairman Clark Aposhian says, “When you make up terms like ‘assault weapon,’ it serves nothing more than to demonize the firearm.”

Aposhian believes the decision to ban these weapons was strictly an emotional one, and disproportionate to number of rifles actually used in firearm deaths.  He also thinks the move is done just to placate only a part of the country.  “If it does placate the American public by [making them think] that Dick’s has now stopped selling these evil firearms and everything will be fine, it will take the attention off the real problem,” Aposhian says, which he believes is a culture problem, not a weapons issue.

Plus, he says taking the weapons off the shelves will do nothing to take the guns off the streets.

Today’s Top Stories

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow,...
Joshua Berlinger, CNN

Putin announces Russia will annex four regions of Ukraine

The annexation announcement follows so-called referendums in the regions that were universally dismissed as "a sham" by Ukraine and Western nations.
7 hours ago
A 15-year-old male was killed on Sept. 29 in an auto-pedestrian accident.  (Stock photo: Canva)...
Amie Schaeffer

Teen killed in Hurricane auto-pedestrian accident

A male teenager riding an e-bike in Hurricane, Utah was hit and killed on Thursday evening. The victim died at the scene.
7 hours ago
Soon we will know more about the trail of destruction Hurricane Ian has left behind in southwest Fl...
Judson Jones, CNN Meteorologist

Ian isn’t over. Here’s where the storm goes next

Hurricane Ian isn't finished yet. Where is the storm headed to next?
7 hours ago
Trucks are lined up for sale at Low Book Sales in Lindon on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Most new vehicl...
Heather Kelly

Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort

AAA of Utah says automatic emergency braking systems have limitations and should only be used as a last resort to prevent a crash.
1 day ago
Ballpark Station closes Thursday night due to a debris on the tracks. Photo credit: Salt Lake City ...
Devin Oldroyd

Utah Transit Authority closes Ballpark Station due to debris on tracks

Ballpark Station closes Thursday night due to a debris on the tracks.
1 day ago
Utah airbnb rentals rising interest rates affecting millennial home buyers...
Mark Jones

Eviction filings on the rise in Utah, compared to this time last year

The Rental Housing Association of Utah says eviction filings in Utah saw a 46% increase in the first six months of this year as compared to the same time in 2021.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Two retailers make changes in how they sell guns