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DICK’s Done With AR Sales

CEO Edward W Stack of Dick’s Sporting confirms with ABC that DICKs will no longer sell “AR (Armalite Rifles)” at all, and no firearms sales of any kind to anyone under 21.

Edward W Stack recently stated:

The new measures, which go into effect today , were announced on “Good Morning America” by Dick’s chairman and CEO Ed Stack. Aside from Dick’s, the Pittsburgh-based, publicly traded company also operates stores under the Gold Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective banners.

“We looked at what happened and we were truly deeply moved and disturbed by those events,” Stack said. “When we saw what the kids were going through and the grief of the parents and the kids who were killed in Parkland, we felt we needed to do something.” …

In the letter, Stack explained, “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America –- our kids.”

Stack admitted to “GMA,” though, “We know this is a complicated issue. We hope to spur a conversation.”

  • Skeeter Ash

    He is a dick…. No logic whatsoever.

  • Art The Fart

    Well, Dick’s Sporting goods stores are done with “assault rifles”, and I am done with them! They never sold assault rifles, anyway. They obviously don’t even know the definition of an “assault rifle”, which is a select fire fully automatic weapon. These folks surely don’t need what little money I have to spend, that’s for sure!

    • grnberet

      I would agree with you but I have something else, There is no military weapon which issued as one being an ASSUALT weapon. My point is weapons don’t assault, people do, you can be assualted with a rock, knife, baseball bat or a number of items. All the libs want is to disarm honest, peaceful citizens of their 2nd amendment, and that is the bottom line.

      • Terry Butts

        The original definition came from back in WWII.

        In fact here is a link that explains the reality of what an assault rifle actually is by the only actual LEGAL definition.

        It makes it clear that to be an actual assault rifle by military definition

        1) It must be capable of selective fire. (This means BEING CAPABLE OF FULLY AUTOMATIC FIRE WITHOUT OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE by use of lever etc. to select the function)

        2) It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle, such as the 7.92×33mm Kurz, the 7.62x39mm and the 5.56x45mm NATO.

        3) Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable box magazine.[5]

        4) It must have an effective range of at least 300 meters (330 yards).

        There is NO CIVILIAN SOLD MODELS they have called one that meets all of these requirements and unless they meet ALL OF THEM they are not defined legally as an assault rifle.

        Fore example

        Semi-automatic-only rifles like the Colt AR-15 are not assault rifles; they do not have select-fire capabilities.

        Semi-automatic-only rifles with fixed magazines like the SKS are not assault rifles; they do not have detachable box magazines and are not capable of automatic fire.

        Yet the media and politicians continue to MISUSE the label just like when they used to show a picture of a gun in the background during ANY report about a crime even when no gun was involved simply to cause people to develop a subconscious link to crime at the mere site of a gun associating the mere presence of a gun with CRIMINALS instead of the reality of paying attention to what is going on and deciding based on a persons actions if they are a criminal instead of them just possessing an inanimate object that can never act on its own instantly making them be one in the mind of the media created paranoia about guns just because they posses one.

  • Mister Vice

    It would make more sense to outlaw people living within 20 miles of the ocean based upon repeated flooding due to tsunamis, hurricanes and other bad weather. We can’t legislate to stop the killings and one outlet can stop selling a particular firearm…hell, maybe all of them can the same…but you’re not going to stop crazy people from killing innocents. They will just find a substitute method!

  • Mary Reynolds

    Who the heck cares? We don’t have to buy from Dick’s. In fact I won’t by from Dick’s ever again. I realize they have the right to refuse to sell but I also have the right to refuse to buy. So long Dick’s.

  • usmcSergeant

    I have a Dick’s store near me. I often shop there, correction used to shop there. Never again!

  • silvernotes

    I heard at that Dick’s hasn’t been selling so called “assault rifles” for a while now. So, this is nothing new.

    However, they did sell a shot gun to the shooter…which was not used in the school incident.

    This is much ado about nothing..more PR than anything else.

  • Luke Lugnore

    Well Dicks can go to hell

  • OldTimeBiker

    They said this before…They had a specific brand of AR’s on sale at the time of Sandyhook and withdrew the sale and cancelled orders and disappointed a lot of customers then but…went on to make good money selling them later when prices were at their peek because there was a big run on them afterward! It’s why I don’t buy ANYTHING from Dick’s! One thing I hope happens to them and ALL of the other retailers that have knee jerk reacted onto the bandwagon of raising the age for firearm sales is that they get slapped with an injunction and sued for their decision like bar owners in IL & Wisconsin did when they raised the minimum age to drink in their places from 21 to 25. As of now the law says you can buy a firearm at 18 and refusing to sell to an 18 year old is a violation of their civil rights and an infringement on their Constitutional rights under the second amendment!

  • John McLame

    Dicks is being a dick

  • Chris Lind

    I stopped shopping at Dick’s in 2012, the first time they “stopped” selling AR-15’s. So I just have to continue what I am doing. They will only do what they think will make them money. Making customers mad by taking a side in politics is a really stupid move.

  • Capn Jack

    Do you mean, “Dick’s Jock Shop” ?

    Do they sell guns ??? 😉

  • George Reed

    Don’t go there anymore !

  • Martin

    I’m done with Dick’s.

    • Ursus_Indomitus

      Gay Barry Obamarx will be disappointed to hear that.

  • RDB

    I and a lot more are done with Dick’s. Also Walmart and LLBean.

  • WilliamHarrington

    I haven’t shopped at Dick’s since 2012 and definitely won’t in the future.

  • Dan C. Watkins

    ArmaLite sold it’s rights to “Colt” in (59) for numerous reasons. Dicks decision is purely political in nature to ban the sales of this weapon type. He certainly has no knowledge about the difference between “Semi-Auto” & “Full Auto” style guns. Either that or the moron he hired to write the article is ignorant as well! Admittedly I only ever used this store for the purchase of targets and loads for an air rifle. His stance about banning this type of weapon is ignorant! I can get cheaper targets on-line and print them out on my printer!

  • gideonrockwell

    They are talking about putting a Dick’s in my town. I can tell we are extremely Pro-Constitution so called gun culture in this area. They will be wasting their money because the boycott will start before they get the doors open.

  • denoferth

    I’ve come to the conclusion it’s a waste of breath to argue logic or even facts with leftist liberals who already know it all. You can’t reason with a committed Marxist in love with communism who rise kids so dumb they eat detergent and shoot their classmates.

  • higgy01

    I guess my Dick’s credit card just became defunct. They should also know that either there no such thing as an assault rifle or every firearm ever invented can be considered one. The AR-15 is a military style weapon do to it’s color and configuration.

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    Dicks is aptly named.

  • Anvil6

    Dick’s store, Dick’s rules. My money, my rules. ‘Nuff said.

  • Ken

    Instead of being outraged by the fact that so many people dropped the ball in Parkland, he is taking it out on his law abiding customers? Crazy, in my opinion, but each to his own. You are also crazy if you think the shooter wouldn’t have done the same thing after he turned 21. He had been in trouble since early grade school.

  • D Gray

    Dicks is a rip off where they employee ID10Ts that don’t know dick about firearms (or sporting goods for that matter). I wouldn’t buy a potato gun from them anyway.

  • allen blaine

    Dicks said the same thing after Sandy Hook. I have not been back there since. I would love to go one on one with the CEO of this store. They make it sound as if they really care about “the children” when in reality they only care about the bottom line. Here is the conundrum: Last year according to the CDC, 3,000 homicide deaths were attributed to guns including school shootings. Last year the number of children slaughtered by abortion was 1.5 million. The agenda being pushed by the media and the left has nothing to do with saving lives of children or any one else. There are more of us then them and we can win this thing by pushing the truth. Get on the phone or the e-mail and demand that your reps ban abortion. We need to fight fire with fire. They want to compare numbers? Lets give them numbers.

  • Berengaria

    DICK’S IS DONE, that’s all we need to say. A Sanctimonious CEO, paying Cowardly Lip Service on TV, to the Revolutionary Students’ Army of Parkland, FL.

  • Brian

    Well now we know Dick’s is run buy A Dick… I always knew it. Never did buy 1 thing there and i sure as F–ck wont now. See Ya , You Dicks…

  • Dan DeFauw

    What a gutless, chickenshit move! I’ll find another store to support. Besides they’re over priced anyway! Mr Stack, guns don’t kill people!, People do!

  • crockett

    The people that call for a ban will regret it if they are ever caught in a bad situation .. Majority of the public carry just for that purpose.. The Second Amendment speaks for itself …. It wasn’t put there just to take up space…..Wakeup AMERICA ! Not everyone is a criminal or killer that is looking for attention…..

  • s.f.canyon

    You color me silly but when I joined up I promised to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Funny I just don’t recall there being an escape clause or an expiration date. I could care less if little Eddie Sack (or anyone else) finds MY constitutional rights in part or in full inconvenient I will reserve the right to exercise them at will ant without interference or precondition! I would suggest that anyone who values their rights should immediately cease to do any business with Dick’s what so ever! That’s what me and mine will be doing. A clear message needs to be sent to anyone who would tinker around with the second or any other amendment to the constitution. Mr. Sack, you can go fetch a ladder (so you can climb up on it and kiss my…)

  • Cookie Vranish

    Do they have any in stock? Maybe they will reduce the price to dump them! I’m going to check Monday!

  • Bill

    I’m done with Dicks, will never receive a penny from me!!

  • Terry Butts

    First of all to be an ASSAULT rifle it by definition must be SELECT FIRE and LOW POWERED RIFLE that means it must be FULL AUTO CAPABLE by simply flipping a lever or pushing a button since these have already been restricted to the point they have not been sold OVER THE COUNTER to the general public since the NFA was made law they never sold anything that is an ASSAULT rifle.

    Second it is their store UNLIKE the ones who SUED bakers etc. for not getting the PRODUCT they wanted with the MESSAGE they wanted printed on it we will respect their right to decide WHAT to sell and simply never bother to shop at the place knowing they do not carry what would be needed to defend oneself or ones nation since their definition of an ASSAULT weapon seems to be anything that holds more than one bullet and is able to fire one shot per trigger pull (no matter how long it is held down) without reloading the gun.

    In at least one OPEN AND SHUT case of self defense it took the victim the entire magazines capacity of the handgun he had while only six bullets hit the criminal and he did not even slow down until the final shot (indicating he would still have killed the man if not for that final shot) the man was or is being prosecuted/punished for that act of self defense because of the PERSONAL OPINION of the prosecution who UPSET the capacity limit that would have resulted in the mans death failed to pass declared it would be prosecuted as MURDER because it took ONE BULLET more than that ban would have imposed even stating that NO CHARGES AT ALL would have been filed if not for the NUMBER OF SHOTS it took to stop the criminal intent on killing the victim.

    Had he had to rely on a PHONE CALL for help he would be dead, Had he had to rely on RELOADING his gun after each shot he would be dead, Had he had to rely on being able to change magazines quickly to get that last shot he would be dead (they did get the BAN on the easy release button for magazines shoved through) Had any of the restrictions that failed to pass been law at the time he was attacked he would be dead today those restrictions have nothing to do with protecting people from crime or criminals because they IGNORE SUCH LAWS IN THE FIRST PLACE so only the VICTIM who obeys the law would have been HINDERED in their ability to use their gun to protect themselves or others by these laws.

  • Donald Baker

    I am done doing any business with Dicks.

  • don_in_virginia

    Limp Dick’s Spoiling Good sports, will never receive another cent from me!