Following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers, the polarizing gun debate has raged past Capitol Hill to the very entities that sell them. Within the last day alone, both Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have tightened their policies on guns, declaring that they will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to anyone under 21 years old after numerous red flags were unable to stop the alleged gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, from the tragic massacre. They have also discontinued the sales of assault-style rifles, commonly referred to as modern sporting rifles, within the last few years.
As the parent company of former competitor Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops remains one of the country’s largest privately-owned companies. Although it claims to have never sold bump stocks, Bass continues to offer high-capacity magazines and handguns, with weapons also made available for sale at gun shows and independent shops throughout the United States. (Bass completed its acquisition of Cabela’s in late September — a week before the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others, prompting Cabela’s to discontinue bump stock sales at all retail locations.)
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