by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Dick’s Sporting Goods put themselves right in the middle of a firestorm after the Marjory Douglas shooting in Florida by immediately announcing they would stop selling one of the most popular modern sporting rifles, which were still being sold in their Field & Stream stores.
They also made it company policy to “no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age,” and “no longer sell high capacity magazines.”
Despite customer backlash, and two separate lawsuits in Oregon and Michigan, over age discrimination, Dick’s then doubled down and announced they were “in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories,” rather than trying to return them to their manufacturers.
In early May, Dick’s then decided to make it very clear as to their anti-second amendment stance by hiring a gun control lobbyist group to pressure Congress to push for more gun control laws, including banning what they called “assault-style” firearms, which are modern day sporting rifles, pushing for a 21 year-old age minimum to purchase firearms, even if a state’s age of consent is 18, and to ban high capacity magazines.