Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Vendors are leaving Dick’s Sporting Goods left and right after the retail chain hired three lobbyists to actively push anti-gun legislation in Congress.

Dick’s hired one Republican and two Democrat lobbyists from Washington, D.C. law firm Glover Park Group on April 27. According to the company’s LD-1 lobbying disclosure, the lobbyists will be handling “lobbying related to gun control.” And while the lobbyists have yet to get to work, their hiring has already had a negative effect on Dick’s. Last week, three prominent gun manufacturers announced that they will no longer do business with Dick’s.

MKS supply, which manufactures Hi-Point Firearms, issued a statement that they are cutting ties with Dick’s over several anti-Second Amendment moves made by the retailer:

“We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong,” MKS Supply president Charles Brown wrote in the Tuesday statement. “We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values. [We’re] standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream.”

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One day after the announcement from MKS, O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., released a statement that it is also cutting ties with Dick’s and its subsidiary, Field & Stream:

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” CEO Iver Mossberg wrote in a press release. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.” Mossberg went on to encourage customers to “visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers” instead of Dick’s.

Springfield Armory has also discontinued its relationship with Dick’s.

Dick’s sure seems intent on running itself into the ground. Business was already suffering following the company’s decision to raise the age limit on all gun purchases to 21, and now they’ve further lost the business of three of America’s largest gun manufacturers. Perhaps if they focused their energy on catering to customers’ wants and needs rather than political posturing, their business wouldn’t be bottoming-out. Don’t be surprised if Dick’s files for bankruptcy before the end of the year.

Source: The Daily Wire

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