Dick's New Gun Policy Has Local Defenders & Opponents
People in the north country are talking about controversial moves by companies like Dick's Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart to change their gun sale policies.
Dick's announced last week it will stop selling assault-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Dick's and Wal-Mart also say they will raise the minimum age for gun sales to 21 years old.
"It first hits me as just a compassionate move," Indivisible Lowville founder Lee Vance said. "It's what the kids from Parkland have asked for and as far as I know it's what Dick's is responding to."
"If they want to get out of the firearm business, they should do that," said Patrick Morse, who is a gun shop owner and founder of North Country Friends of the Second Amendment. "But just to pick and choose as a nanny state what firearms their customers can buy is ridiculous."
While the big stores are making changes, many guns sold in the United States are from mom-and-pop shops like Morse's in New Bremen.