Dick's Sporting Goods says it destroyed $5 million worth of rifles

Darnell Taylor
October 9, 2019

Dick's Sporting Goods has destroyed more than $5 million worth of assault weapons, according to CEO Ed Stack, who made the announcement in a recent interview.

In an interview with CBS News released Sunday, Stack explained that since Dick's stopped selling guns to customers under the age of 21 as part of what the outlet called the firm's "stand against guns", the company has lost roughly $250 million. The chain's CEO, Ed Stack, chose to go a step further and completely stop selling rifles to anyone under the age of 21.

The shooter killed 17 students and school staff. Dick's had sold the shooter a weapon although it wasn't used in the attack.

Since making that decision, Stack has continually advocated for some gun control measures, although he is a gun owner and Second Amendment supporter, he said. "That's when I said, 'We're done'". Walmart announced four years ago that their stores would no longer sell those type of weapons and after a mass shooting in one of its stores in El Paso in August, would no longer sell the ammunition for it as well. "If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them, '" Stack told CBS News" Lee Cowan.

"My response is: 'You're probably right, it won't, '" Stack told CBS.

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Walmart said at the time that the company will also stop selling handguns in Alaska, the only state where it sells them.

Stack has told multiple outlets that the company's entire hunting division is under "strategic review".

The National Rifle Association denounced Walmart's decision in September, calling it "shameful" that the retailer was bowing to "the pressure of the anti-gun elites".

'As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same, ' he said, referring to the El Paso and OH shootings.

Although Stack's decisions may lose some customers, he has said that "our business is pretty good" and that the ongoing U.S. "We just didn't want to sell the assault-style weapons that could inflict that kind of damage".

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