The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF®) Board of Governors unanimously voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from their organization. The Board cited Dick’s for “…conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation” in a press release today. The NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting, and shooting sports industries. The decision by the board was unanimous and was based upon the fact that Dick’s recently hired lobbyists pushing for gun control measures, though the specific measures are not stated.
In February, the NSSF issued a press release expressing their disappointment with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to raise the purchase age to 21 for all firearm sales in its stores. Dick’s did a lot more than that, however. In their media statement released February 28th, they called for a ban on “assault-style” firearms, raising the minimum age to 21 for purchase of firearms or ammunition, banning high capacity magazines and bump stocks, requiring background checks including mental health information and interactions with the law, a database to store all that information, and closing private sales and the alleged gun show “loopholes”. See our take on this from our post in March.
Dick’s is taking things even further, by apparently destroying all its remaining firearms and accessories pulled from their shelves. They declined to comment on how much merchandise this included in their statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article published in April.
I guess Dick’s (a sporting goods store) no longer considers shooting as a sport. With over 600 stores in 47 states, maybe their business model supports that decision.
What do you think? Do you support their stance?
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