Dick’s Sporting Goods seems to really be taking things to an extreme. First, they made an announcement that many gun owners saw their policies as alienating.
Then, the sporting goods company made the decision that this wasn’t far enough. And so they went one step further and is now choosing to destroy all its leftover inventory of “assault weapons.”
According to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spokeswoman, this leftover inventory remaining at Field & Streams stores will be sent to recycling.
The spokeswoman said, “We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” she said. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods has been leading the charge on firearm policy changes ever since the Parkland, Florida shooting. After revising their store policy to restrict gun sales to shoppers under 21, they also chose to ban bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.
Gun control advocates have, of course, been praising Dick’s for their decision to destroy their remaining AR-style inventory. However, gun advocates have been fighting back.
The company is already facing two lawsuits, alleging age discrimination. This is because consumers between the ages of 18 and 20 are legally able to purchase firearms.
Certain investment analysts have also been criticizing the company’s choices. After all, the company continues selling guns, despite limiting their supply and alienating customers.
According to Guns.com:
Nonetheless, Dick’s chief executive said they were prepared for the social and possible financial backlash.
But Dick’s has weathered this storm before. Following the deadly Sandy Hook school shooting, Dick’s stopped selling AR-style firearms but continued selling them at the Field & Stream locations, which there are about 35 across the country.
A handful of other high-profile retailers followed in Dick’s footsteps in March, including Walmart, Kroger and L.L. Bean. Although shares of Dick’s have fallen 45 percent from 2016 highs, price per share since February’s decision has held steady. Dick’s stock ended Friday with more than a 2 percent increase.