Dick's Sporting Goods May Stop Selling Guns In New York

Dick’s Sporting Goods May Stop Selling Guns In New York

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Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to remove guns from 125 stores, CEO Ed Stack said in an earnings call Tuesday. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP, File) Dick’s Sporting Goods, which banned assault-style weapons from all of its stores after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last year, said Tuesday it will remove firearms from 125 of its lowest-performing stores later this year. That represents about 17 percent Dick’s stores, but it’s not yet known if stores in the Hudson Valley, Long Island or the rest of New York will be affected. The chain operates 15 stores in Long Island and the Hudson Valley alone. They include stores in Melville, Massapequa, Commack, Poughkeepsie, Yorktown Heights, White Plains and West Nyack. Ed Stack, chief executive officer of the Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based chain, said on a quarterly earnings call that if the decision works out well in the 125 stores, it will remove hunting gear — which includes rifles, ammunition and accessories associated with hunting — from even more stores, Bloomberg reported. Last year, Dick’s gave the policy a trial run in 10 stores, resulting in a rise in fourth-quarter sales at those locations, Stack said on the call. The company replaced the hunting items with kayaks and other outdoor gear. After it was revealed that accused Parkland shooter Nikolaus Cruz purchased a weapon from a Dick’s store, the chain removed not only assault-style weapons from its inventory, but also high-capacity magazines. The gun Cruz purchased was not used in the attack, which killed 17 people, but […]

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