Gov. Cuomo commends Dick's for 'taking a principled stand' on guns

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is praising Dick's Sporting Goods after its CEO announced its stores will no longer sell assault-style weapons and raise the minimum age for firearm purchases.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement Dick's changes are "smart measures to keep weapons out of the wrong hands."

Dick's, which was founded in Binghamton in 1948, released a statement Wednesday detailing the new policy and the reasons behind its actions. Dick's said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in a Florida school shooting that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staffers, had legally bought a shotgun from one of their stores in November 2017. It was not the gun Cruz used during his admitted attack but Dick's says "it could have been."

The company says this showed them that the current systems in place are not enough to keep people safe. In addition to the assault-style rifles, Dick's said it will also stop selling high capacity magazines and reiterated that it has never sold bump stocks.

Gov. Cuomo called the measures "an example of responsible corporate leadership:

"In the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy, the American people are calling for action. And while the federal government shamefully does nothing, this state and this country will forge a path forward.

"I commend Dick's Sporting Goods, a member of the New York family, for their leadership in taking smart measures to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. Founded in Binghamton, this New York-bred company is taking a principled stand and setting an example of responsible corporate leadership for businesses across the nation." - Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In a tweet Wednesday Gov. Cuomo added, "Weapons of war do not belong on our streets."

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