Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroys Firearms

Dick's sporting goods loses money over lost gun sales after destroying weapons removed from their stores last week. Despite this, their effort to curb misuse of firearms is worth the lost profits.

Anna Finsel

Dick's sporting goods loses money over lost gun sales after destroying weapons removed from their stores last week. Despite this, their effort to curb misuse of firearms is worth the lost profits.

Anna Finsel

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After a recent uprising in mass shootings, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods has decided to stop selling guns in 125 stores. Edward Stack, the chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods  explained in an open interview with CBS that the age for buying a gun at Dick’s Sporting Goods has been changed to 21. All of the assault rifles have been removed from stores as well.  

After removing $5 million worth of assault weapons and other firearms from shelves the guns were destroyed. The proper way to destroy a firearm is to completely melt or shred the firearm receiver. In the same interview with CBS Stack justifies the need to to destroy all the guns,  “I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them.”

Although guns cannot be bought at Dick’s Sporting Goods they are still available for purchase at Field and Stream. Dick’s Sporting Goods is the parent store to Field and Stream. Despite the fact that Dick’s Sporting Goods removed $5 million from shelves In August alone, sales increased 3.2% in the same stores the guns were removed from, the highest it’s been since 2016. In a tweet about gun safety Stack replies with; “We have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us,” the statement reads. “Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America — our kids.”

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