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Dick’s Sporting Goods Will Remove Hunting Rifles from 125 of Its Stores

Move follows company's ban on assault-style weapons

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced on Tuesday it is removing firearms from 125 of its stores, according to news reports.

The move follows the company’s ban, in the wake of last year’s Parkland shooting, on assault-style weapons.

While the company’s gun stance no doubt has hurt its sales, those have been stagnant or declining in profit since 2009.

Dick’s net income and gross profit have both been in the dumps since 2014 and beyond.

Online retail competition is likely the reason for this.

Related: ‘I Don’t Need My Rifle, but It’s My Constitutional Right to Have It’

Dick’s was in trouble even before its virtue signaling.

That is what happens when you take sides with the far Left and liberals.

You’ve lost your followers — who were gun owners and hunters — when you decided to get into politics.

You made your choice.

I stopped shopping there even for my kids’ sports equipment.

The company decided its own fate.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is planning to eliminate guns and other hunting products from 125 stores in 2019, a move that comes as the retailer continues to suffer fallout from its controversial decision to ban the sale of some firearms.

The Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based chain removed the category from 10 stores in 2018, locations which then “had a strong margin rate improvement,” CEO Ed Stack told investors on Tuesday.

The in-store sections will be replaced with “merchandise categories that can drive growth,” he said.

Following a shooting in Florida in February 2018 that left 17 students and staff dead, Dick’s hiked the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and prohibited the sale of AR-15 style rifles. (source: Fox Business)

So, you drop certain firearms — which leads to a major drop in sales — and your solution is to completely eliminate guns and hunting equipment?

If I were a stockholder, I’d be selling right now.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
DKS DICKS SPORTING 34.61 -4.28 -11.01%

The company had better start the rebranding now.

“Jane’s Clothing Stores” doesn’t have a very good ring to it.

Every guy who went there for guns and hunting stuff also brought his wife along for sports bras and jackets, and perhaps picked up a golf club or two.

The number of customers they’ve now lost must be huge.

No business can survive on man-bun liberals alone.

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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