Dick’s Sporting Goods already has removed guns and ammunition from its stores, but now the retail giant is taking its split from the industry to another level and removing hunting gear from at least 10 of its stores.
Days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, Dick’s Sporting Goods stopped selling assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines in their stores and raised the age to buy a gun to 21 years old.
Dick’s was among many companies that cut ties with the National Rifle Association and the gun and ammunition business following a national public pressure campaign that launched after ThinkProgress published a list of about two-dozen companies offering incentives or discounts to NRA members.
“When we saw what happened in Parkland, we were so disturbed and upset,” the company’s CEO Ed Stack told The New York Times at the time. “We love these kids and their rallying cry, ‘enough is enough.’ It got to us. We’re going to take a stand and step up and tell people our view and, hopefully, bring people along into the conversation.”
Almost two months later, Dick’s doubled down and announced they would destroy their existing inventory of guns and ammunition prompting the NRA to Tweet a link to a Bearing Arms magazine article that stated: “Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision isn’t focusing on the actual problem. It’s almost like it wants to go out of business.”
.@DICKS decision isn’t focusing on the actual problem, what it is doing is punishing law-abiding citizens. What a waste, and what a strange business model. #DefendTheSecond #2A #NRA https://t.co/mUNmV6O1ot
— NRA (@NRA) April 17, 2018