Dick’s Destroying All The Guns It Pulled From Its Shelves

Apr 18, 2018

Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying all the guns and accessories that it stopped selling earlier this year after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The retailer said Tuesday that it is in the process of destroying all the firearms it pulled from its shelves, rather than trying to return them to their manufacturers.

Dicks made headlines in February when, in the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it banned the sale of assault-style rifles and the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. Other retailers followed suit, including Walmart, which also raised its minimum-age rules for firearms.

Dick's is based in the Pittsburgh area. The company's decision to destroy the guns was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Shortly after the decision, in at least one Pittsburgh-area store, several customers said they supported the new policies. A few who visited the Homestead location said they went because of them, like Linda Ehrenreich of Point Breeze.

Ehrenreich said at the time that she's not anti-gun -- her son-in-law is a gun owner -- but supporting businesses that share her ideology is something she can do. 

"There's so little we can do it seems, but if we vote with our pocketbook, that's something we can do," she said.

Others disagreed, saying they'll take their business elsewhere. 

“Won’t shop at Dicks anymore. Too bad people don’t realize what the second amendment is about. Cabelas will get all my business from now on which is significant," Robert Matthews told the New York Times