Still Feeling the Hurt from Anti-Gun Policies, Dick’s May Pull All Hunting Gear from Stores

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Dick’s Sporting Goods may stop selling hunting products.  Probably because they can no longer sell hunting products.  That’s what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you.  (Photo: Wikipedia)

Dick’s Sporting Goods may no longer sell hunting-related gear and products.

The CEO for the sporting goods retailer said Thursday that the company was doing a trial run in 10 locations, pulling all hunting merchandise and replacing it with other items.

“Though it’s too early to discuss performance, we’re optimistic these changes will better serve the athletes in these communities,” Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said in a conference call, as reported by JSOnline.

The reason for the new approach may be because sales in that department have plummeted across all of Dick’s 732 stores.

“Specific to hunt, in addition to the strategic decisions made regarding firearms earlier this year, sales continued to be negatively impacted by double-digit declines in hunt and electronics,” said Lee Belitsky, chief financial officer.

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By “strategic decisions” Belitsky is referring to the company’s announcement in the wake of the February massacre in Parkland, Florida that it would no longer sell guns to adults under the age of 21 and that it would not only stop selling but destroy its existing inventory of modern sporting rifles at its 35 Field & Stream locations.

It was all downhill from there.

In April it was revealed that Dick’s had hired lobbyists to push gun control in Washington, D.C. Firearms manufacturers Springfield Armory and Mossberg completely cut off Dick’s upon learning of this news in May.

By June, the company reported an “accelerated decline” in hunting sales. Then, in August, Dick’s shares fell by much as 10 percent after posting underwhelming sales numbers.

“I guess it is hard for them to sell hunting gear after they alienated gun owners as customers by banning the sale of semi-auto rifles from their stores,” said Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in an email to GunsAmerica.

“Gun owners have decided to spend their dollars at competitors where they are welcome and their constitutional and civil rights are respected,” he added.

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  • Sam Meyer December 12, 2018, 1:06 pm

    Like the rest of the posters above, I have no sympathy for Dicks and won’t shop their stores for any reason. That means I won’t shop their hunting department, OR their golf, baseball, football, tennis, boating or any other departments in the store, and will not allow my wife or kids to do so either. Since YETI has taken a similar stand by cutting all ties with the NRA, Pheasants Forever, the parent company of Savage Arms and other organizations in any way related to firearms use, however tenuous, I suggest that sportsmen refuse to also use or purchase their products as well – after all, there are only about ten other manufacturers building coolers and drink cups at a lower price point that work just as well, so why buy YETI??? The sportsmen’s community has tremendous financial leverage – we just need to use it consistently.

  • David Welsh December 6, 2018, 6:55 pm

    Dickless will now become a Kohls with jockstraps. Their loss is the gain of local and regional retailers who actually are acquainted with the second amendment and the average Joe who doesn’t have his nails manicured.

  • Carl December 6, 2018, 2:29 pm

    Good riddance dicks we the armed of america will shop at other stores and watch your stock fall until you go out of business …no big loss to the armed masses but a great loss to your business

  • Joe December 6, 2018, 1:31 pm

    Sports Authority began their decline with the same stupid decisions that Dick’s has made. There is no forgiveness in a sportsman’s heart for blatant disloyalty. Good Bye Dick’s!

  • Raymond Lee Herbst December 6, 2018, 11:21 am

    Dick head needs to use common sense… the car is burning up, pull your ass over and bail out Now.

    You are Done!
    There are only si many tennis rackets and balls to be sold.

  • Doug December 6, 2018, 7:41 am

    Roger, I will make a magor effort to watch my spelling;)

  • Sean Carberry December 6, 2018, 7:19 am

    “Springfield Armory and Mossberg completely cut off Dick’s”…😂

  • Roger Claxton December 3, 2018, 10:53 pm

    I had a conversation with my most local Dicks store after they made their “bed”. Told her I would not spend another cent in her store due to corporate decisions- and that hunters also buy clothing, camping gear, etc. Unwise decisions on corporate level and suggested she and her employees should go elsewhere. Told the competition to hire good folks from Dicks- after dropping magor$ among the competition! FOLKS watch your spelling so we don’t look like idiots!!!

  • George December 1, 2018, 9:16 pm

    When they first opened a Field and Stream store here in Scranton Pa, I was excited about it. I actually purchased 2 firearms there and now regret it. Since they day they announced that they were destroying all their sporting rifles, and also won’t sell any firearms to any law abiding adult under 21, which makes up a huge number of our military personal protecting our country. I will never step foot in that store again or purchase anything from Dicks sporting goods again. I have spent Thousands of $$$ there over the years in hunting, fishing and golf equipment.

  • Tim December 1, 2018, 3:13 pm

    I posted an open letter to the non hunter sporting goods store above with no negative content & I suppose the moderator for this sight must work for that chain of stores as it did not get passed them.

    Oh well,

    I’ll take my vetran & citizen opinions elsewhere…

  • Tim December 1, 2018, 3:03 pm

    Dear Dick’s sporting goods…All but Hunters,

    Please remove everything related to hunting from your shelves because there are still citizens out there that have not heard that you have taken a stand against the Constitution & have removed the Second Amendment rights from many Vetrans & active duty citizens not to mention all the rest of the people under 21.

    Because the lawmakers in this country will not make laws for criminals Dick’s has decided to make up laws for your customers.

    Please make it easier for free thinking folks who love the traditions of hunting to decide where they buy their next box of 3006 ammo & the new tent for this year’s hunt.

    Thank you…

    A helpful Vetran & Citizen

  • James G. Mothes December 1, 2018, 1:32 pm

    WEll, It is obvious Dicks is run by a bunch of clowns that have a terminal case of cranial anal insertion. Hope they go bankrupt!!! They damn sure deserve it!!! Maybe the term Dick Head should apply in this case!!!

  • Alex Tary November 30, 2018, 11:40 pm

    Time to pull my business from Dick’s

  • Harvey j. Marenic November 30, 2018, 11:30 pm

    This what happens when you believe there are more anti gun people than there are pronouns gun people GOOD FOR YOU DICKS HOPEFULLY YOU’LL HAVE TO CLOSE YOUR COROORSTD OFFICE IN PA. BECAUSE HERE WE BWLIEVE IN OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

  • Robb November 30, 2018, 9:39 pm

    Maybe Dick’s will follow the business model of Sports Authority it worked so well for them.

  • dennis November 30, 2018, 8:19 pm

    go ahead dicks ! pull all the guns and hunting equipment ! then watch your sales disappear and your company falls apart !!! so do it and loose it all !! you don’t have any idea what your doing ! heres a hint ( NFL )

  • Daniel L Michlig November 30, 2018, 8:13 pm

    ” Springfield Armory and Mossberg completely cut off Dick’s” A real gun company would shoot them off.

  • Tony November 30, 2018, 7:11 pm

    There policy is not fare to all the Law Abiding Citizens and Sportsman. The Criminals cause all the problems and the good prople of this country always suffer.

  • Floyd November 30, 2018, 7:08 pm

    Hope they go under having 4 kids we no longer buy any thing from them I probably spent 2000 a year there on shoes jerseys ect in the past!

  • John G. November 30, 2018, 6:51 pm

    Good, doesn’t bother me at all, I hope they go bankrupt. Haven’t seen the need to into one of their stores for many years because of their outrageous pricing.

  • Roger Pemberton November 30, 2018, 6:45 pm

    Alan Gottlieb summed up my reasoning for never shopping at Dick’s sporting goods. I would like to think companies would learn gun owners that care about their rights won’t stand for being betrayed while these companies pander to the anti gun anti freedom crowd. Springfield Armory made this mistake and has possibly recovered some from it by doing a heck of a lot of back peddling, cutting ties, and apologizing. Daniel Defense almost made the same mistake but was smart enough to send out a mass email for input from their customers. After Daniel Defense got back an overwhelming response the company decided that it may not be a good idea to pursue. Honestly I would say that they were right in their decision and why. Money talks when it comes to business and if you drive the money away you eventually don’t have a business. The phrase “don’t bite the hand that feeds you” comes to mind. You may very well stop getting fed.

  • Upsidedownjack November 30, 2018, 6:38 pm

    DICK’S! Nuff said!

  • praack November 30, 2018, 6:20 pm

    yup down almost 4% , the Dicks in my area is almost dead during the week, has some business on weekends, only really showed life on black friday. so what do you do when you made a bad policy decision that is hitting your business?

    DOUBLE DOWN!!!

  • michael failla November 30, 2018, 6:16 pm

    Dicks. Good name for em.

  • Larry Kelley November 30, 2018, 6:02 pm

    I already thought dicks stopped selling guns. I stopped going there earlier last summer because they don’t have any guns to sale

  • Vance Woolley November 30, 2018, 5:58 pm

    I haven’t done business with dick’s since the first time they robbed law abiding customers. Hopefully they will quickly complete capitalism’s process of creative destruction and free up all their retail space for a competent merchant.

  • William Glanz November 30, 2018, 5:42 pm

    Fred Meyers up here in Alaska Has also put a Stop to all Gun Sales and I for One Have Not Went in to any Fred Meyer since and I only Go in to the City of Fairbanks (145 Miles N.E.) of Our Home once a Month and had been Spending close to 700 every month on Items and I now Go to Safeway for all our Shopping.

  • Derrick Troxell November 30, 2018, 5:03 pm

    Prices are too high at Dicks, what do you expect?

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