Dick’s Sporting Goods turns $5 million of guns into scrap metal, CEO says

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(FOX 17) — Dick’s Sporting Goods has turned $5 million in gun inventory into scrap metal, according to its CEO.

Ed Stack told CBS the chain — one of the largest gun retailers in the country — made the decision after he found out the Parkland shooter had purchased a shotgun from a Dick’s store. The shotgun wasn’t the one used in the shooting, but Stack said that didn’t matter because the shooter could have.

Dick’s had already dropped the sale of some firearms like the AR-15 after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. After that incident, Stack ordered all AR-15s be removed from the shelves across the country.

A trip with his wife to visit with Parkland survivors inspired him to move one step further — announcing Dick’s would no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21. He also ordered all “assault-style” weapons in stock be turned to scrap metal, or $5 million in guns.

Walmart decided to stop selling assault-style rifles four years ago and stopped selling ammunition in August after a mass shooting at one of its stores in El Paso, Texas. Other major retailers have asked customers not to open carry in their stores.

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12 comments

  • Deer Slayer

    So Walmart was selling assault rifles a couple years back? I would like to know what the definition of assault rifle they are using since they are banned.

  • Matt

    You really did your job on keep guns out of law abiding citizens hands. Good job, and nobody shops at your over priced stores anyway. Dicks will be the next to close their doors anyhow.

  • J.B.

    And lost 100 million in business in the process.
    But he made his little political point.
    Hope the happy thoughts and empty gestures keep your shareholders happy.

  • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    Did they:
    A) Transfer them to their other store Field and Stream Division and then claim to have destroyed them?
    or
    B) Destroyed $5,000,000 of inventory for a political statement and thus injuring their stockholders?

  • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    So many lies in one, as a FFL Dicks could NOT by law sell a gun to anyone under 21 – so that’s a big lie. He also stated that after Sandy Hook in 2012 he ordered ARs removed from the shelves – so that’s another big lie.

    All he got was a bunch of free advertising from the Lame Stream Media, and more importantly, let all legal gun owners know that Dick’s Sporting Goods are dicks!

  • The Conservative

    Because that’s going to make a big difference!! Wrong way to deal with this stuff. People are desensitized to killing due to the stupid video games and crazy stuff all over the web! The guns are not doing the killing, it’s the idiot pulling the trigger! Big, kiss a– move by Dicks catering to the sick, know what’s right for everyone, left wing libs!! You can have them Dicks!! Vote for Trump again in 2020 to make changes! Your man Obama could have solved this same crap but didn’t and Dicks didn’t due this after Sandy Hook! Nothing will change!

  • George

    Haven’t been to Dicks since they went anti Freedom. Dicks is a bag of Dicks.
    In fact I don’t know anyone who will set foot in Dicks. As it should be, Democrats hate freedom.

  • big ott

    You piss away 5 Mil in inventory and you still have a job??? Seriously??? What happens when there is a stabbing incident? Or someone is killed by a bow & arrow? Will they let their employees just destroy inventory whenever there is a new news cycle? Unbelievable.

  • G

    Way to go Dicks, Lose more money and drive more people away from your store. I won’t come to the liquidation sales even! RIP dicks sports!

  • Common cents

    If I were a stock holder I would sue them for mismanagement. The Dick of a CEO should be fired. I don’t shop there and never will.

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