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Dick's Sporting to stop selling hunting rifles in 125 stores

Dick's Sporting to stop selling hunting rifles in 125 stores

Dick's Sporting Goods said Tuesday it's removing guns from 125 of its stores, further cutting back from the category following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting just over one year ago.

Dick's was once a major vendor of firearms in the USA, and though the industry was struggling before the decision, Stack has made it clear that the blowback hurt sales.

Dick's also says that it is dropping Reebok from stores as it focuses on replacing the brand with a new in-house private label.

Stack made the public decision to stop selling assault-style weapons and to stop selling guns to customers under 21 after the Parkland high school shooting last February.

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Dick's past year announced it would ban sales of assault-style weapons after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and revelations that its shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had purchased a gun from a Dick's store.

"We think that it (company's private label) will do more business there than we did with Reebok", Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said on a post earnings call with analysts. The company did not disclose what products it deemed "more compelling".

It was not immediately clear which stores would be affected, but Stack said firearms will be removed "in markets where the hunting category underperforms", according to The Wall Street Journal.

Still, Stack said, if this 125-store move goes well, the company could decide to remove hunting gear from more stores next year.


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