Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroys Inventory of AR-15s Instead of Giving Back to Manufacturer

By Faye Higbee

In February, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field and Stream stores announced their new policy of not selling AR type weapons at their stores. But instead of  sending their inventory of the weapons back to the manufacturer (like any normal store), they are destroying them, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change. We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.” Dick’s spokeswoman

Update: Dick’s ultimately destroyed $5 million in ARs. Ed Stack, their CEO, says that’s fine. Even though the move cost them $250 million in sales, he is making a new rule to stop Dick’s from selling any type of firearms.

The Daily Caller reported,

Pennsylvania-based Dick’s, the world’s largest sporting goods retailer, stopped selling AR-15 style rifles in February in response to the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The company had previously removed the rifles from the shelves of its Dick’s-branded stores but continued to offer them at its 35 Field & Stream retail locations.

Parkland shooter Nicholas Cruz had purchased a gun from a Dick’s store, though not the AR-15-style rifle he used in the massacre. Still, CEO Edward Stack worried that “it could have been” the case.

Following the decision to pull modern sporting riles from Field & Stream stores, it was unclear what Dick’s would do with the weapons it held in inventory. Typically, a retailer like Dick’s can return unsold merchandise to the manufacturer for a refund or a credit.

Instead, Dick’s has decided to destroy the rifles at the company’s distribution centers and send the parts to a salvage company to be recycled, reports the Post-Gazette. The company did not say how many rifles would be destroyed.

In addition to its policy on AR-15 sales, Dick’s said in February it would stop selling high capacity magazines or sell firearms to anyone under 21 years old. The company is facing two lawsuits over the additional age restriction.

Typical liberal thought process goes like this: ‘we have to destroy them to keep them out of the hands of the bad guys.’ Once again, they strongly believe the gun is the problem, not the person in control of the gun.

In 2012, after Sandy Hook, Dicks Sporting Goods pulled the ARs off their shelves, but added them to their inventories at Field and Stream Stores, which are subsidies of the Dick’s Chain. It is unclear what they did with the original inventory in 2012.