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Dick’s Sporting Goods ended sales of “assault-style” rifles after the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a year ago — and now the retailer will remove all guns and some hunting gear from 125 of its stores, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The move comes amid shrinking sales for the retail chain; Dick’s reported a 2.2 percent drop in same-store sales in the most recent quarter, the Journal said. CEO Edward Stack blamed the sales dip on the ban of “assault-style” rifle sales. Dick’s also raised the minimum age to purchase guns from 18 to 21 and ended the sale of high capacity magazines.

Nevertheless, the decision to remove all guns from 125 stores comes after Dick’s tested the concept in 10 stores last year — and Stack said comparable sales in those stores rose in the most recent quarter, the Journal reported. He said the extra space will be used to sell higher-margin, faster-selling items such as licensed sports gear and outdoor recreation equipment, the paper noted.

The move will commence in August, Bloomberg reported, and may spread to more stores if things go well.

In the aftermath of the Parkland mass killing, Stack told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that “looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably.”

“We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself,” Stack added. “But we’ve just decided that based on what’s happened … with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story, and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”

The decision angered those who said it flew in the face of the Second Amendment, including a conservative shareholder who confronted Stack directly at a meeting. The National Rifle Association criticized Stack’s “strange business model,” and the National Shooting Sports Foundation expelled Dick’s from its membership, Bloomberg reported.

Stack was one of four CEOs to sign a letter supporting a universal gun control bill that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, Bloomberg added, and he recently joined the business council of gun-control group Everytown.

Concerning Dick’s ban on sales of “assault-style” rifles, Stack last month told CNBC that “I often say: If we had a mulligan, we’d do it all over again.”

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13 Comments

  1. Rocky

    March 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    One thing I’ll say for Dick’s. They gave themselves a fitting name.

    • William

      March 14, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      For sure.

  2. mileaway

    March 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    That’s because you are a cowardly money grubbing wuss Mr. Stack
    You don’t care any more about the 2nd than you do about the people you eliminated from your sales margins. I, personally, don’t and won’t ever buy from Dick’s again.

    • cecil

      March 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      You are not the only one.

  3. Tom

    March 14, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    This veteran has not stepped foot in Dick’s since their decision and will not darken their threshold again. I wonder where Mr. Stack acquired the gun he says he owns.

  4. William

    March 14, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Agree with Tom. This Vietnam veteran will not go near that shit hole.

  5. Thomas Goss

    March 14, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I haven’t gone into any Dick’s in years and don’t intent to ever again, what I do hope is that they ALL go out of business.

  6. Blkojo

    March 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    “High capacity magazines”? No. Standard capacity magazines.

  7. Joseph Kempski

    March 14, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Who cares, dont need dicks

  8. Gordon

    March 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Dick’s and dicks. Crash and Burn you anti-American shites !

  9. Margie

    March 14, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I warned people last week of The Communist Democrats plan to limit supplies of guns & Ammunition. Since they can’t get gun laws changed this is their scheme to limit our
    availability of guns!
    Wait they will be using our personal data to see who is conservative and try to limit our chances of getting financial loans approved. Neo-Nazi Dominating Democrats are determined to control us and make us do what they want! They want to eliminate any chance of us defending ourselves against them.
    Buy Guns & Ammo now before the supplies dry up!!!
    If you can start hoarding cash!
    Communist Democrats are moving very fast to change America, we don’t have time to wait!

  10. FAST EDDIE

    March 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    They will be down the tubes in a couple of years.

  11. Margie

    March 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    As fast as the Nazi Democrats are controlling & moving to change things, I’m not sure we have a couple of more years to prepare for their destruction of America and
    Our Lives as we know it now!!
    They want Socialism in America, so they are only ones with Power & Money! We will become like slaves beholden to their demands!!
    It’s not a crazy conspiracy theory to start preparing now for the Naxi Like Democrat Takeover!!
    Democrats have gained too much power & Control Over America right now!!!

    We were asleep while Obama was secretly destroying America!!

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