Three months ago, Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest U.S. sports retailers, announced its stores will stop selling all assault-style rifles and will require gun buyers to be at least 21.
The move took effect immediately at Dick’s more than 700 stores, marking a dramatic shift by a major seller of weapons and hunting gear in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
But, Dick’s actions have consequences. In a response to Dick’s new firearms politics, one of the largest gun manufacturers in America, Springfield Armory, has announced it will no longer do business with Dick’s.
But they are not alone in this battle!
Yesterday, the parent company of Mossberg guns, O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., announced in a press release that it would no longer do business with Dick’s. It was not diplomatic about the reason for this decision either.
“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” CEO Iver Mossberg wrote. “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.”
In its release, Mossberg urges shoppers to “visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases” — a real jab at Dick’s position on gun control.
Two days ago, MKS Supply, which makes Hi-Point Firearms, also announced it would no longer do business with Dick’s. In a statement, MKS wrote that it “values the customers that it proudly serves and the God-given freedoms that they enjoy” and that it believes it’s “equally important to show our commitment to our customers by standing behind their Second Amendment rights.”
“In recent months, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment,” MKS Supply president Charles Brown wrote.
Last week, the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced it would revoke Dick’s membership. In February, it said it was “disappointed” by Dick’s decision to stop selling assault-style weapons and raising the purchasing age to 21. This time around, it’s distancing itself completely from Dick’s because of “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.”
Mossberg and Springfield are some of the most powerful firearms companies, and the NSSF is the country’s largest gun trade association. Now there’s speculation that it’s only a matter of time before companies like Remington, Ruger, and Colt stop doing business with Dick’s too.
I think they will learn after this that there is no way that you can touch our second amendment!
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