Hard Times for Dick’s as 2A Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent

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Hard Times for Dick's as 2A Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its affiliated Field and Stream stores.

First, the company announced it would stop selling most centerfire semi-automatic rifles at its stores, carry only limited capacity magazines for semi-automatic guns, and ban firearm sales to certain legally eligible adults. It then took the further step of declaring it would destroy its inventory of the newly-restricted firearms at company expense. And if that weren’t enough, the news also recently broke that the company had hired expensive D.C. lobbyists to push for gun control measures on Capitol Hill.

Dick’s, in other words, was positioning itself as a rising star in the field of corporate gun control activism, in obvious contradiction of its own financial interests.

Now, however, the pro-gun community is parrying Dick’s gun control thrust with their own countermeasures, while customers appear to be eschewing Dick’s to search for bargains elsewhere.

Last week, the Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries – voted unanimously to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership in the organization. While the NSSF noted it supports the rights of its members to make individual business decisions, it determined that Dick’s new polices do not “reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners” and constitute “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.” Law-abiding gun owners, the company added, “should not be penalized for the actions of criminals.”

Meanwhile, members of the firearms industry have also begun withdrawing their products from Dick’s and Field & Stream outlets.

First, Illinois-based Springfield Armory – maker of several lines of highly-popular rifles and pistols — announced early this month that was “severing ties” with the two retailers. In announcing the decision, Springfield Armory stated, “we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question.” It concluded, “We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.”   What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that Dick’s has inserted itself into a tight spot from which it might not emerge unscathed, if it manages to survive at all. Its business with Second Amendment supporters in particular may well grind to a halt.

Iconic shotgun maker O.F. Mossberg & Sons followed up this week with its own announcement that it will “not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream” and is “in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.” Mossberg’s press release on the decision cited its own “staunch support[] of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment right” and its disagreement with “Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”

MKS Supply, marketer of Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing, LLC, has now become the latest supplier to cut off Dick’s and Field & Stream.

Its president, Charles Brown, justified the decision on the basis that “Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment.” He went on to cite several “wrong” moves by Dick’s in recent months, including “villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices” and “hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment.”

This industry pressure on Dick’s comes at a sensitive time for the company. Its shares took a steep 6.3% dive in March, amid what analysts described as a “downbeat outlook.” Indeed, its own CEO Edward Stack admitted his new investment in gun control “is not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint.”

How that assessment squares with his own obligations to the company and its shareholders is unclear. Profits, after all, are where the rubber meets the road in any business enterprise.

What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that Dick’s has inserted itself into a tight spot from which it might not emerge unscathed, if it manages to survive at all. Its business with Second Amendment supporters in particular may well grind to a halt.

Should that happen, Dick’s will have no one to blame but itself, and especially Mr. Stack. Dick’s example should serve as a warning for other businesses in the firearm sector that would hope to find common cause with activists who are seeking nothing so much as to put gun sellers out of business for good.

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  • 59 thoughts on “Hard Times for Dick’s as 2A Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent

    1. If Dick’s is privately owned, they can do as they please, and reap the results. If they have shareholders….I’d say some high paying jobs will be getting new people.. As for me…..never will I spend a dime there, nor send anyone there.

    2. If the name fits , own it and wear it. DICK’S ARE JUST THAT ” DICK’S ” I hope to see bankruptcy in DICK’S FUTURE. How un American you are lobby on you sad sack piece of shite. God bless America , and what we once stood for. I know our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves. I also know you will never take American , law abiding citizens rights to keep and bear arms from us !! To all the leftist Leftards , find something worth while to spend your time on , after all we the people pay your salaries. You make me want to vomit !!

    3. I for one am going to Dicks and write down the names of products they sell. Then I will send a POLITE letter to the manufactures of those products and ask them to stop doing business with them. I will farther inform them that if they don’t I will publish their names and suggest that all sportsmen stop buying their products. If everyone who sees this post was to do the same then it might have some effect. The sporting industry owes some loyalty to it’d buyers beyond the bottom line.

    4. Years ago there were only a few places to purchase guns in our town, Army & Navy or a Sporting Goods Shop, long before Walmart and other large Retailers. The shop was very knowledgeable, did hunting and fishing trips to Canada, it was the place to go for information on hunting supplies. As time passed the kids took over and went with all sports except Hunting and Fishing and only a few years they closed the store, the thing now is how long will Dick’s last, Sports Authority and others who cut out the Hunting and shooting sports!

      1. These stores have dwindled and will probably all fail (our SA closed and Dick’s is already suffering) – and Bass Pro opened a year ago and is thriving because not only does it sell guns (lots of them) it has all the reloading items and it is always got at least 50 cars in the lot. They are now my ONLY choice.

    5. WalMart Blitz

      The only thing that Walmart ever did was drop ARs, because of their fear of liability lawsuits.
      They totally support hunting, fishing, and all other outdoor sports.

      Research the Blitz plastic gas can debacle.
      The most outrageous lawsuit that I have ever seen forced Blitz into bankruptcy and completely out of business.

      Because WalMart was the largest retailer of Blitz plastic gas cans, the greedy out-of-control lawyers went after them with a vengeance.
      The entire Blitz expose was nothing more than a rigged and hyped media sensation creation (like the rigged Chevy truck gas tank debacle), but the damage was done; the public was inflamed.

      Rather than being raked over the coals by the anti-Walmart media trolls, Walmart settled out of court, but they still remember that, even though they did absolutely nothing wrong, they got burned badly.

    6. The only thing that Walmart ever did was drop ARs, because of their fear of liability lawsuits.
      They totally support hunting, fishing, and all other outdoor sports.

      Research the Blitz plastic gas can debacle.
      The most outrageous lawsuit that I have ever seen forced Blitz into bankruptcy and completely out of business.

      Because WalMart was the largest retailer of Blitz plastic gas cans, the greedy out-of-control lawyers went after them with a vengeance.
      The entire Blitz expose was nothing more than a rigged and hyped media sensation creation (like the rigged Chevy truck gas tank debacle), but the damage was done; the public was inflamed.

      Rather than being raked over the coals by the anti-Walmart media trolls, Walmart settled out of court, but they still remember that, even though they did absolutely nothing wrong, they got burned badly.

    7. I went into one of their stores ONCE! Just looking for some deal on a firearm or components. Not one person would help me! I stood at the “gun” counter for over 15 minutes and had two idiots walk by me and not even ask if I needed help or if I had been helped. I asked for their help and one said they would send someone right over. Never happened, and being a believer in customer service, I yelled, “I GUESS EVERYTHING IS FREE TODAY IN THE GUN DEPARTMENT”! Not one person showed up and I walked out and have never been back! I let everyone I know how shitty their service is, and I can only pray they suffer and go bankrupt, and I hope it HURTS!

    8. I used to buy my golf, fishing and other sporting gear from Dick’s; operative phrase “used to.” The CEO apparently didn’t think this through. What! does this moron think? “Duh, they are only interested in their damn AR and it won’t hurt our business much and I will feel really good about myself.” This guy is so out of touch that he doesn’t realize that shooters are sports men and women, and sports people don’t just buy black rifles. This weekend I bought a new Browning trap gun at Cabela’s ($2000+) and five cases of Double A’s ($2 a box rebate). I’m heading down to Sportsman’s Warehouse in a few minutes to buy some new camping gear…some of mine disappeared over the winter and when I finally find it, it will no doubt end up in a yard sale but I gotta’ have it for this weekend. I am also thinking about buying one of those open fishing kayak (I have a downriver kayak but it is lousy for fishing). Dick’s CEO is an idiot and the board of directors should fire his ass. Oh well, so it goes, and hopefully Dick’s goes, too.

      1. If you owned stock in Dick’s you would have lost your shirt by now. Dick’s would have gotten the last laugh. The only chance of making money on Dick-Head stock would be if some other company wanted to buy Dick’s, which would push up the stock for a short time. More likely scenario is Dick’s closing its doors, with Bass, Academy and even the mom’s and pop’s feasting on the carcass. Then you can buy their remaining business of kiddie pools at 50% off.

        1. Dick’s stock just shot up to $38. Low of $30 2016 high of $60. Something is brewing. Analysts say Fall 2018 will be in the shitter as sports apparel is down and Dick Heads shit canned their Hunting category. Classic case study on how to screw up a business. Bass Pro is standing back watching the self-immolation.

    9. I cut up my Credit Csrd and set it to Mr. Stack with a letter stating why. I stopped all e-mail and tossed my rewards card in too.
      As recently noted in this space, I didn’t have to cut up a Dick’s credit card as I didn’t have one. BUT, I called and wrote Dick’s Customer Support and the not-so-illustrious CEO that I would never enter another Dilck’s (we have no Field & Stream stores nearby) and cancelled my rewards card. Figured they’d get the message; action trumps just whining about ’em. (Note: Dick’s did respond with a “…hope you’re reconsider”.)

    10. A friend in his 50’s went into dick’s to buy crossbow bolts and was carded, Really are these people that fare of the deep end to card an adult for crossbow bolts .Didn’t realize a crossbow was a fire arm. He bought them anyway, I would have walk out! I wouldn’t go in that company’s business if they were giving the company away Just another reason not to spend an money with them again.

    11. “What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that Dick’s has inserted itself into a tight spot from which it might not emerge unscathed, if it manages to survive at all. Its business with Second Amendment supporters in particular may well grind to a halt.”……….Well lets see how much longer they will be in business. The have put their foot in their mouth so far it’s coming out their backside. I for one will NEVER walk into another.

    12. Used to shop at Dick’s….not anymore. Too many good places to shop that don’t ignore my 2A rights. hope Dick’s goes out of business. Their name is really fitting for their actions lately. Good bye Dick’s and may you always remain “Dick’s”

      1. Don’t forget to talk to the managers of Sportsmans Wearhouse and tell them to stop carrying Yeti products…. I can’t believe that they still are carrying YETI products !!!!!!!

    13. Remember SPORTS AUTHORITY . That’s right REMEMBER SPORTS AUTHORITY .They did almost the same thing . First the FIREARMS WENT THAN THE FISHING GEAR WENT THAN SPORTS AUTHORITY WENT…….Can’t live on sneakers and baseballs..

    14. Call companies, like Igloo, that currently still serve Dick’s, and politely ask them to sever ties with Dick’s. Tell them there are other coolers etc at other retailers and your money goes with companies that support the Second Amendment not just in word but in deed. Remind them of the companies that HAVE stopped dealing with Dick’s and urge them to follow.

    15. Unfortunately, Dicks isn’t going away anytime soon. Firearms are a small part of their business. Most people that have always shopped at Dicks are clueless abut the gun politics and wouldn’t care if you told them. Dick’s customer base is composed of parents needing to buy piles of soccer, football, lacrosse and baseball/softball gear. In many locales Dicks is the only option. However in my neck of the woods an Academy Sports (direct competitor of Dicks) has opened and I don’t believe they hold the same bizarre political views as Dicks. Their gun prices are competitive as well.

    16. I went to Dick’s once and Field and Stream twice and had seen just how over priced they are. I can go to any gun store or even online and pick up any thing I want for lot better prices. There mark up are just outragous. They are like a lot of other stores that I have no desire to go to any more. They import materials such as cloths and camping gear from other countries they pay pennies for and then charge us Americans an arm and leg and what other body part they can to buy them. I will not pay $60, $70, or $80 dollars for any thing that says made in china, vietnam, or any other country. They like many others need to start buy goods that have MADE IN AMERICA on them.

    17. I drove by the Dick’s store in Mt Vernon WA on Saturday at 3pm. There was only 2 cars in the parking lot. The ones belonging to the New Manager and his veteran Assistant Manager. Sales are awful at Dicks since they inserted foot into mouth. However, across the street and down the road a few blocks, Big 5 Sporting goods parking Lot was Full. No spaces to park. So we see the Dicks at Dick’s, acting like the true Traitors that they are. Crickets and cobwebs is the future for Dick”s. Not to worry you Mega Mall Landlords, once the Dicks at Dick’s vacates the rental space, you can convert the former store into an Indoor shooting range…go figure. Idiots destroying Retail though a false narrative….Too funny.

    18. A few things you should know:
      1. They probably buy from distributors (just like all dealers), so the firearms and ammo will still be there.
      – The companies know that, so this is a PR stunt.
      2. Are we boycotting WalMart as well?
      – They are just as bad.
      – Or is that too much of an inconvenience for you?
      3. Does the baker have to sell something they don’t want to?
      – Can’t have it both ways.

      So step up you freedom loving hypocrites.
      Vote with your dollars.
      Boycott WalMart, Target, Dicks and Starbucks.

      1. Yes, they get their firearms from distributors. But, Springfield has said they will not do business with ANY distributor that sells to Dick’s. So that is how they got around that .problem

    19. I cut up my Credit Csrd and set it to Mr. Stack with a letter stating why. I stopped all e-mail and tossed my rewards card in too.
      I will not set foot in the either place ever again.
      I can find better bargains on line and st my local gun store that are at a much better price point.

    20. Sorry, but our family was raised as wallyworld true blue. Then, after many years of service in mid mgt., my wife was doing actually 2 jobs, paid as one. She went on to another job, when Sam passed on, sadly, cooperate hired the same CEO that drove Kmart into the ground.. they have ran a great company into Chinamart. To top it off, they screwed my son over on a legit injury, so, like dicks, Walmart has been banned….

      1. @Joe, in addition wallyworld foundation donates to shadow companies that support Russia’s attack on our oil, coal business and agriculture because it is hurting Russia’s economy. They are part of the wind and solar scam. If the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine where is your electricity coming from?

    21. The part we are all missing is:
      1. They buy most if not all of their products from Distributors.
      2. These products will still be available in their stores.
      – It was a nice publicity stunt by the manufacturers.
      3. They will still sell guns and ammo.
      4. WalMart has done the same thing.
      – Are we boycotting WalMart or is that too inconvenient for the hypocrites?
      We cant be pissed off about a baker being forced to sell something and be mad anout this.
      Cant have it both ways.

      1. – Dick’s does not buy from distributors like a small mom and pop sporting goods store. They have accounts directly with these manufacturers.
        – Walmart did not hire a team of anti gun lobbyists to further push the agenda of banning legal firearms.

      2. You maybe missing part but I stopped shopping at Walmart too. There are other stores with the same products. I think you will be surprised if YOU continue to shop Dicks when their inventory dries up, It will not be replaced. Colt arms may be available at a distributor but if you are not an authorized dealer you can’t sell them. I give Dicks 6months and Mr Stack will be looking for a new job.

      3. @Lou, Walmart isn’t a sporting goods store, Dick’s is. So what if Walmart doesn’t sell AR15s anymore. There are too many low prices at Walmart to ignore, groceries, clothes, household goods. Only a fool would ignore these facts. You go to Safeway and buy a box of spaghetti for $1.79, at Walmart the same box will cost $1.18. You want to spend more for groceries? Go ahead. Just sayin”. Boycott where it counts.

        1. Wrong.
          Many chains including Dicks do buy from distributors.
          WalMart has had the lobbyists and goes in and out of the gun business.
          They count on people being too stupid and lazy to care.

        2. Bill,
          WalMart is the BIGGEST sporting goods retailer in the world.
          You can see it in their press releases and financial statement.

          They count on the fact that we are too lazy and stupid to go somewhere else.
          Hypocrites are lazy and only boycotting when it does not inconvenience them.
          Go save a couple of quarters on spaghetti.

          I never shop at WalMart.
          Screw them.

      4. 1. The demand does not go away because Dick’s quit selling the products. Someone else will get the profit.
        2. Not the point. Dick’s is attacking firearm and shooting enthusiasts and the Second Amendment. Maybe the products will still be in the store but they should, if we all do our part, gather dust.
        3. To who? Certainly not to serious shooters and sports men and women that believe in the Constitution.
        4. WalMart has hired anti-2A lobbyists? I hadn’t heard that. Where did you hear it?
        Lastly, I get a definite feeling that you work for Dick’s.

        1. 1. Agreed. The business is not lost and people that still shop at these retailers will get what they want.
          2. It is the point. WalMart is attacking asd well, but because they sell other stuff, people don’t want to be inconvenienced.
          WalMart screws over the local dealer more than Dicks. They advertise low prices, don’t have it in stock and then folks come to our shop to get a price match.
          3. “Serious shooters and sports men and women” The same folks that will go to WalMart and purchase products? Then wonder about 2A rights and complain about jobs going overseas?
          It’s hypocritical to shop at WalMart, Target and others, then complain about Dicks.
          4. WalMart is the largest corporation in the world, you don’t think they have lobbyists galore?
          – They refuse to sell to anyone under the age of 21, but no one compplains.
          – They go in and out of firearm business.
          – They advertise low prices to run small gunshops out of business.
          In general they piss me off and I won’t shop there.

          What have the Dicks “lobbyists” lobbied for specifically???

          Lastly, I don’t work for Dicks. I am just amused at the feeding menatlity of the people that complain and then go to another company that is just as bad if not worse.
          Don’t care much for hypocrisy.

    22. Dicks is dead to me
      I used to buy stuff from them when my kids did not want to wait to order something like a lacrosse ball off the net
      Their policy has always been full msrp for everything
      Now going full retard is signing their own death warrant
      I look forward to them going out of business

    23. Stack has voting control of Dicks, so he does not care about the shareholders. He can destroy the company and the poor shareholders will not be able to do anything

      1. They can sue him as CEO (which has different legal responsibilities than those of shareholders). As a CEO he has strictly defined fiduciary obligations which he has unequivocally abdicated. They should file a class action suit and sue him personally, into bankruptcy.

        1. Absolutely.
          In my view, he broke his responsibility to provide a return to investors.
          To destroy those products is dumbest thing ever done by a retailer.
          Completely irresponsible.

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