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Dick’s Sporting Goods Will Destroy Its Stock Of AR-15s Instead Of Returning Them To Manufacturers



by Will Racke

Dick’s Sporting Goods no longer sells AR-15-style rifles at any of its stores, and soon its unsold inventory of the much-vilified firearms won’t be available anywhere else.

Instead of returning them to their manufacturers, Dick’s will destroy its entire stock of unsold AR-15s, the company said Monday.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” a Dick’s spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”

Pennsylvania-based Dick’s, the world’s largest sporting goods retailer, stopped selling AR-15 style rifles in February in response to the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The company had previously removed the rifles from the shelves of its Dick’s-branded stores but continued to offer them at its 35 Field & Stream retail locations.

Parkland shooter Nicholas Cruz had purchased a gun from a Dick’s store, though not the AR-15-style rifle he used in the massacre. Still, CEO Edward Stack worried that “it could have been” the case.

Following the decision to pull modern sporting riles from Field & Stream stores, it was unclear what Dick’s would do with the weapons it held in inventory. Typically, a retailer like Dick’s can return unsold merchandise to the manufacturer for a refund or a credit.

Instead, Dick’s has decided to destroy the rifles at the company’s distribution centers and send the parts to a salvage company to be recycled, reports the Post-Gazette. The company did not say how many rifles would be destroyed.

In addition to its policy on AR-15 sales, Dick’s said in February it would stop selling high capacity magazines or sell firearms to anyone under 21 years old. The company is facing two lawsuits over the additional age restriction.

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  1. Isn’t the purpose of a company to MAKE money for its stockholders? Not throw it away?

    Maybe they think they’ll make it up in volume.


  3. The rifles are the property of Dick’s Sporting Goods to do with as they wish. To destroy the rifles as a political statement makes it clear Dick’s is a promoter of Communist Socialist Tyranny – which is business stupidity. I shall choose to buy an AR any where I choose and make the wise choice NEVER enter one of their stores again – even if they change their minds. This is simply EMO-CHILDISHNESS!!!

    But there is a very bright side; they are not demanding the manufacturers to take the rifles back and therefore be forced to exert the costly effort of selling them again; helps keeps them in business actually. (And, hey, lefty-wrongies – maybe intentionally!) The market for ARs is pretty saturated right now because there are millions of them out there already (in the hands of patriots willing to stand up for Americanist Principles).

    In a word too little too late, Dick’s. You just gave up good business sense for some kind of Fashionable thrill ….! I guess…? (Shrug)

  4. Nothing like cutting off your nose to spite your face….There’s other rodeos in town…….sure glad I don’t own Dick stock!!

  5. Since Dick’s is the only Sporting Goods store left in San Diego, I take my boys there. We check out the gear they need, try it on for size, then go home and order it on line. Dick’s is too expensive and now they pull this PC crap. We’ll continue to “use” Dick’s but I won’t give them a dime from here on.

  6. I have never have shopped at Dickheadz sporting goods and my hard earned dollars will never shop there.

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