Since Dick’s Sporting Goods has sided with gun control activists, two major firms have severed ties with the retailer this week.
Two weeks after the Parkland school shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that it would no longer sell assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines, or any firearms to anyone younger than age 21.
Thursday, pistol and rifle maker Springfield Armory announced they were cutting ties with Dick’s, over their “attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms.”
Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.
This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.
It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.
— Springfield Armory® (@Springfield_Inc) May 3, 2018
Friday the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), who hosts the annual SHOT show in Las Vegas, expelled Dick’s from membership in their organization. The NSSF posted the following press release on their website:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, Board of Governors today unanimously voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership for conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.
Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward W. Stack announced earlier this year the retail chain would end sales of modern sporting rifles, voluntarily raise the age to 21 to purchase firearms in their stores and called for more restrictive legislation. Dick’s later announced they would destroy the remaining modern sporting rifle inventory. NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.
NSSF Expels Dick’s Sporting Goods https://t.co/XaC3oV6yjx
— NSSF (@NSSF) May 4, 2018