Dick’s Sporting Goods Is Doing WHAT With Its Unsold ‘Assault Style’ Rifles?


H/T Bearing Arms.

What will destroying the Assault style rifles do to Dick’s Sporting Goods bottom line?

Following the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, some companies decided that they would no longer sell semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15, and high-capacity magazines. Among them was Dick’s Sporting Goods. Not only did Dick’s state that it would no longer sell “assault-style” rifles or the “high-capacity” magazines, but it decided it would no longer sell any firearms to anyone under the age of 21. But what is the sporting goods store going to do with its inventory of “assault-style” weapons? Well, the public now has the answer.

As reported by the Associated Press:

In February, national retail chain Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would stop sales of assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21 years old.

The announcement came Feb. 28, just two weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

But recently the sporting goods chain also said it was destroying all the assault-style guns pulled from shelves as well as the accessories.

“We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations,” a spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

What a waste, and what a strange business model.

The store is already taking a hit due to its involvement in the gun control debate, as Tom wrote about here. Those troubles may continue with this news. According to the report, the Parkland shooter didn’t even purchase the firearm used in the massacre from one of the company’s stores. However, Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Chairman and CEO did say that the shooter had bought a shotgun from the store the year before.

…the gunman who killed 17 people in Florida, mostly students, had purchased a shotgun at a Dick’s store in November 2017, Stack said.

“It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting,” Chairman and CEO Edward Stack wrote. “But it could have been. Clearly, this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.”

Contrary to what Stack believes, the systems that are in place are sufficient if all the parts of the system do the job each is intended to do. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System didn’t fail here as the shooter had no criminal record on file and was, therefore, able to clear a background check (more than one, in fact). What failed, sadly, was law enforcement. The FBI received tips on more than one occasion that the shooter was planning his attack and people who knew him were concerned. The Broward Sheriff’s Officer went to the shooter’s home numerous times and still did not act to charge the shooter with a crime or figure out a way to restrict him from keeping firearms in his possession.

Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision isn’t focusing on the actual problem. It’s almost like it wants to go out of business.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cheaper than Dirt, why should I buy again from a company that rejects the 2nd amendment?

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It looks like Cheaper than Dirt is about to be bitten on their rear-end.

I hope Dicks Sporting Goods get bitten also.

I am going to stop my Cheaper Than Dirt magazine.

I also cut up my Dicks Sporting Goods customer loyalty card.

I say screw them both.


Buy again from a company that rejected its customers, initially denied the 2nd amendment, and emboldened those people who are now pushing for unconstitutional laws?  I’d have to see a lot moremajor donations and political leveraging going to support our gun right fight to convince me.

My son came to me the day Cheaper than Dirt suspended their modern rifle sales and voiced his feelings of betrayal by a company we had both respected and when on vacation to Texas even visited. But when Cheaper Than Dirt was leading the charge for bailing out of the semi-automatic sales, it was frightening to think how many more were going to follow?!

It is good to see them respond in a correct manner, but it is a shame to see them do so only because their bottom line was suffering.  In truth it doesn’t seem a whole lot different right now to me than the politicians who are voting and making laws that just benefit themselves or their own party or their re-election bids.

Either you believe in our 2nd amendment rights or you don’t.  The gun-owners I know stand by their beliefs and principles even when it isn’t politically correct (politically correct is just another term for no backbone), popular, safe, or bottom-line beneficial.





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This is from The Blaze.

I hope Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cheaper Than Dirt close for ever.

It is real chicken sh@@ the way they have done their customers.


Russell Kellner of Flower Mound, Texas, ordered three Troy Defense Carbine Semi-Automatic Rifles from Dick’s Sporting Goods on Black Friday, CBS 11 News reports.

At $799 apiece, a savings of $300 dollars, it “was a heck of a deal,” he said.

However, Kellner and his wife received only two of the three guns. They received a letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve stating that the company would not fulfill the remainder of their order.

Dick’s announced a week before Christmas that it was suspending sales of “modern sporting rifles” in all stores, “out of respect for the victims of the Connecticut massacre,” CBS News 11 notes.

“It ain’t a good deal when you don’t get it. So I’m not happy at all about it,” said Kellner.


And Kellner isn’t alone.

Troy Blackall says he paid for two of the Troy Carbines at Dick’s — but the store only sent him one.

“It’s unacceptable,” says Blackall.

Dick’s has announced they will be issuing full refunds. The sporting goods store even sent $100 gift cards to customers with unfulfilled orders.

But the chain’s attempts at damage control may not be enough.

“Do what you said. Do what you advertised. Make good on it,” said Kellner.

Blackall is also unimpressed.

“The guns have doubled and tripled in price now. So it’s not like we can get our money back and buy the guns someplace else,” he said.

And the chain’s decision to discontinue rifle sales has upset more than just customers.

“The manufacturer of the guns, Troy industries says on its Facebook page that it’s deeply dismayed and shocked that Dick’s stopped selling its rifle.” CBS News 11 reports. “Troy’s CEO says the company invested millions of dollars into its operations after selecting Dick’s as the sole distributor of this particular rifle.”


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