USA – Dicks Sporting goods announced today in press release that they will be removing hunting departments in 440 stores nationwide, this is an exertion of the 135 stores that have already removed the section.
This decision came after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year. When the owner found out that Dicks was responsible for selling the shooter the shotgun that was used in the killings.
“We found out that we sold this kid a shotgun,” Stack said. “That’s when I said, ‘We’re done.’
When the decision was made to stop selling to adults under 21, Stack says this decision cost the company around 250 million in lost sales.
Reactions from gun rights groups have called for a nationwide boycott of the company.
Despite the boycott Slack says they are seeing good numbers,”During 2019, we made meaningful changes across our business, which fueled our strongest annual comp sales gain since 2012,”
Slack said there would be about 100 stores left in the chain that will have guns but they are in areas, :where hunting is important for people to feed themselves.”