Dick’s Sporting Goods gets pushback for its anti-2A policies

  • 11 May 2018
  • jwoodie
Dick’s Sporting Goods gets pushback for its anti-2A policies

We’ve written before about Dick’s Sporting Goods decision to destroy their inventory of AR-15 rifles, rather than return them to the manufacturer, in addition to their policy banning sales to anyone under the age of 21.

We said Dick’s was perfectly free to make such a move, but should not be surprised if it creates a reaction. Now it has.

First, the Springfield Armory has decided it will cut its ties entirely with the retailer over what it says is Dick’s increasingly anti-Second Amendment posture:

“It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response,” the company said. “Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.”

But that’s not all. The National Sports Shooting Foundation has expelled Dick’s from the organization for its recent anti-gun policies:

Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward W. Stack announced earlier this year the Field and Stream stores in the retail chain would end sales of modern sporting rifles, voluntarily raise the age to 21 to purchase firearms in their stores and called for more restrictive legislation. Dick’s later announced they would destroy the remaining modern sporting rifle inventory. NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.

Dick’s leadership made a choice on the Second Amendment, and now its suppliers and leading firearms groups are making their own.

Markets will decide which side made the wisest economic choice.