2019-03-13 13:41:27 UTC
Dick’s Sporting Goods Taking Guns, Hunting Gear Out Of 125 Stores
BY DAN ZIMMERMAN |MAR 12, 2019 |106 COMMENTS
Dick's Sporting Goods guns 125 stores
Anthony92931 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
After eliminating guns from 10 of their stores last year, Dick’s Sporting
Goods is pulling all firearms and hunting gear from 125 of their 850 Dick’s
and 35 Field & Stream stores.
According to Fox Business:
The in-store sections will be replaced with “merchandise categories that can
drive growth,” (CEO Ed Stack) said.
Following a shooting in Florida in February 2018 that left 17 students and
staff dead, Dick’s hiked the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and
prohibited the sale of AR-15 style rifles.
While Stack previously predicted it would bring in new customers, the
decision has led to a decline in earnings in the firm’s hunting business.
In the three months through Feb. 2, declines in the sector drove a 3.7
percent drop in same-store sales. Overall, sales dropped 6.5 percent to $2.5
billion, the company said on Tuesday. Profits fell to $694 million, or
adjusted to $1.22 per share – higher than analysts expected.
Gun owners have rejected the retailer after they pulled “assault rifles”
from Dick’s and Field & Stream stores following the Parkland shooting, then
rubbed salt in the wound by funding gun control lobbying efforts in
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