Dick’s Sporting Goods, which banned assault-style weapons sales after the Parkland shooting, will reportedly pull hunting weapons at 125 stores.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that it will pull guns from 125 stores. After the shooting at Parkland high school, Dick’s stopped selling assault-style guns and raised the age to 21 years of age to purchase guns.
CEO Ed Stack said Tuesday that Dick’s will pull hunting gear from 125 stores starting in around August in response to its slumping sales in those stores, Bloomberg reported, a move that may spread to more stores next year.
Hunting products started vanishing from 10 Dick’s stores last fall as the retailer swapped those items for products such as kayaks and baseball gear. Stack said the stores saw higher sales, margins and foot traffic than when they had guns, according to Bloomberg.
The sagging sales in hunting goods and guns isn’t because there is a lack of interest in purchasing guns. In fact, in May of 2018, the FBI reported record high amounts of background checks for three continuous months.
In May 2018, the FBI processed 2,002,992 queries through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That’s more than any previous May in the system’s history with May 2017 holding the previous record at 1,942,677. April 2018 saw more NICS checks than any previous April. March 2018 saw more NICS checks than any previous March.
Dick’s admits they did have a decline in sales after they stopped selling assault weapons. They also said their gun sales further declined because of a weak market for gun sales. But the push for more gun control has driven the sales of guns.
The hunting shops are being replaced with items like kayaks and baseball equipment.