As of February, 2018, DICK'S Sporting Goods, a sports and outdoors accessory and equipment retailer founded in 1948, operates more than 715 locations. But they just announced one product they will no longer offer in any of their stores or online: assault-style rifles.

And that was not the only change DICK's made.

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Las Vegas and Texas mass shootings aftermath

After several mass shootings in a row, the latest Quinnipiac University poll shows a sharp increase in national support for universal background checks for gun purchases, including among gun owners. The poll also found that a majority of voters support “a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons’’.

The new findings show the highest level of support for checks since Quinnipiac started polling on the issue after the Sandy Hook School shootings in Newtown that killed 20 children and six educators in December 2012. The nationwide poll took place Nov. 7-13 with a margin of error of + or - 3%.

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Not content with Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn proposing legislation that would tighten background checks, Senate Democrats are moving forward to ban assault weapons in reaction to the mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas. In addition, the senators want to ban the manufacturing and sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks, which modify semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.

Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein of California leads nearly two dozen democrats in introducing this legislation in the wake of the mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs Baptist church in Texas. She previously proposed similar legislation after the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, which left 59 people dead and many more injured.

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AR15 with bump stock like ones used in Las Vegas shooting. (Photo credit Pinterest)

Victims of the Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, filed a lawsuit against the makers of bump stocks over the weekend. The shooter in the massacre that claimed at least 58 lives and injured 489 people used this legal weapon modification to achieve a near-automatic rate of fire.

Filed in state court in Clark County, Nevada, the proposed class action lawsuit accuses Slide Fire Solutions and other unnamed manufacturers of negligence. It further cites infliction of emotional distress on thousands of witnesses and injured at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

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UNITED STATES - APRIL 4: Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whispers to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as Senate Republican leaders hold their media availability focusing on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as associate justice of the Supreme Court following their policy lunch on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In an interview with PBS Newshour, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke of a tipping point when it comes to sensible gun safety laws. It appears some of his Republican colleagues may have reached that point.

For decades, Republicans in Congress took a hands off approach to all gun legislation. As massacres of innocents mounted with ever more deadly weapons, they were not swayed.

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