Dick’s Faces Boycott From Firearm Sellers After New Stance on Gun Control

A Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Tucker, Georgia. A week after the devastating Parkland shooting in February that claimed 17 lives, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. decided to ban the sales of assault-style rifles and no longer sell firearms to customers under 21 years old. The outdoor and athletic goods retailer — which sold a firearm to the alleged gunman, Nikolas Cruz (albeit not the one used at the shooting) — also announced last month that it would destroy the rest of the weapons left in its inventory. Now, major gun manufacturers are responding with their own boycott, cutting ties with Dick’s and its subsidiary, Field & Stream. O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., the parent company of Mossberg guns, said in a statement on Wednesday that it was discontinuing business with the Pennsylvania-based retailer after the latter reportedly hired three lobbyists in its push for gun control — a rare political move for a retail firm. “It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” said Iver Mossberg, CEO of the firearms seller. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.” The same day, MKS Supply LLC, distributor of Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing, also said it was ending its relationship with both Dick’s and Field & Stream. President Charles Brown wrote in the statement: “We believe […]

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