Dick's will stop selling guns, some hunting gear at 125 stores

Last year's pullback on gun sales came after the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and news that the gunman purchased a gun from a Dick's store

March 13, 2019 - 8:48 am
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Dick's Sporting Goods is doubling down on its gun-selling policies and announced it will stop selling firearms in 125 of its 729 stores nationwide, reports the Wall Street Journal. The decision comes after last year's news of the company choosing to not sell guns to anyone under 21 and take assault-style weapons out of all its stores.

Dick's CEO Ed Stack made the announcement during a conference call, Tuesday in which he also said quarterly sales overall dropped 2.2 percent. He says all guns and some hunting gear will be replaced in the stores with underperforming hunting department sales. They will be replaced by products with better sales numbers such as licensed sports gear and outdoor recreation equipment.

The company tested this move in 10 gun-free stores and Stack said comparable sales rose.

Overall sales at Dick’s have declined, despite a strong U.S. economy and consumer spending, reports the WSJ, but Mr. Stack has blamed much of the decline on its stance on guns, saying some gun enthusiasts have stopped shopping at the chain.

Last year's pullback on gun sales came after the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and news that the gunman purchased a gun from a Dick's store. Dick's and Walmart announced it would stop selling guns to anyone under the age of 21, even in areas where the legal age was 18-years-old.

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