Dick's Sporting Goods destroys $5M of assault weapons

"If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them."

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October 08, 2019 - 5:13 pm
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(KFTK) — While a handful of U.S. retailers have voluntarily stopped selling firearms in the wake of recent mass shootings, Dick's Sporting Goods has taken the action one step further: The head of the company says they've destroyed their inventory of assault-style rifles — for a loss of $5 million.

CEO Ed Stack says the decision to turn the weapons into scrap metal came after company officials learned the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter — who killed 17 students and teachers — had purchased his firearm at Dick's.

"We found out that we sold this kid a shotgun," Stack said in an interview with CBS News. "That's when I said, 'We're done. If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them.'"

Since the Parkland shooting, Dick's has stopped selling firearms — hunting rifles, too — at 125 locations. Those that continue to sell hunting weapons have raised the minimum purchase age to 21. 

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