Dick’s Sporting Goods ramps up gun control push, hires lobbyist

A Dick’s Sporting Goods store is seen in Arlington Heights, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. By Polly Mosendz and Matt Townsend , Bloomberg Dick’s Sporting Goods is taking a further step to advocate for gun control, part of a rapid transition for the retailer that’s also a major vendor of firearms in the U.S. The company has retained Glover Park Group to lobby congress on the matter, according to a disclosure form filed in late April. The move is unusual in the retail sector, where few brands tackle such politically charged issues for fear it will turn off customers. Following a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school in February, Dick’s announced it would stop selling assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. It also increased the firearms purchase age to 21. Dick’s, the biggest sporting-goods retailer in the U.S., was one of many brands to eschew the gun industry following the shooting. Walmart, Kroger, L.L. Bean and Orvis all made changes to their firearms offerings. Other companies severed ties with the National Rifle Association as a result of nationwide protests that followed the Parkland attack. Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said at the time that while the company supports second-amendment rights, “we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. 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.” The sporting-goods retailer is working with three lobbyists from the Glover Park, a […]

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