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Dick’s Sporting Goods To Remove Guns And Hunting Equipment From 125 Stores

On Tuesday, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it is removing firearms from 125 of its stores, according to news reports. The move follows the company’s ban, in the wake of last year’s Parkland shooting, on assault-style weapons.

While Dicks’ gun stance has no doubt hurt their sales they’ve been stagnant or declining in profit since 2009. Their net income and gross profit have both been in the dumps since 2014 and beyond. Online retail competition is likely the reason for this. Dick’s was in trouble even before their virtue signaling.

That is what happens when you take sides with the far left and liberals. You lost your followers, which were gun owners and hunters when you decided to get into politics and made your choice. Good riddance. I stopped shopping there even for my kid’s sports equipment. They decided their own fate.

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Honestly, I have not walked back into the place since they did the firearms fiasco and with this move, I will not ever again!

Dick’s Sporting Goods is planning to eliminate guns and other hunting products from 125 stores in 2019, a move that comes as the retailer continues to suffer fallout from its controversial decision to ban the sale of some firearms.

The Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based chain removed the category from 10 stores in 2018, locations which then “had a strong margin rate improvement,” CEO Ed Stack told investors on Tuesday.

The in-store sections will be replaced with “merchandise categories that can drive growth,” he said.

Following a shooting in Florida in February 2018 that left 17 students and staff dead, Dick’s hiked the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21 and prohibited the sale of AR-15 style rifles. [via Fox Business]

So, you drop certain firearms which leads to a major drop in sales so your solution is to completely eliminate guns and hunting equipment? If I were a stockholder I’d be selling right now. This company won’t last another year, two at best.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
DKS DICKS SPORTING 34.61 -4.28 -11.01%

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I’m willing to bet Dick’s sporting goods has caused more injuries, maybe including deaths, by selling golf equipment than by guns. They’d better start the rebranding now. Jane’s Clothing Stores doesn’t have a very good ring to it.

Every guy who went there for guns and hunting stuff also brought his wife along for sports bras and jackets, and perhaps picked up a golf club or two. Dick’s screwed up big time, the number of customers they lost was huge. No business can survive on man-bun liberals alone.

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