Major Retailer Removes Rifles From 125 Stores

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The number of places where U.S. citizens can buy a hunting rifle just shrank yet again.

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack has announced that they “will remove Hunt from approximately 125 additional Dick’s stores in 2019 where the category underperforms.”

Dick’s president Lauren Hobart later confirmed during a call and also expanded that the hunting category includes,“accessories associated with firearms, hunting apparel, anything associated with hunting.”

This marks another instance were the sporting goods chain has turned it back on the firearms business. Dick’s has previously ceased the sale of all assault-style rifles in its Field & Stream stores in response to the Parkland, FL school shooting. They have also raised the minimum age for firearm purchases to 21.

The move puts the Field & Stream stores also owned by Dick’s in peril as Stack expressed a lack of plan for the franchise. 

“We’re not sure exactly what we’re going to do with it,” said Stack. “We’re not opening any new Field & Stream stores. And right now, on a formal basis they’re cash flow positive and they’re not a drain on the company.”

Dick’s will additionally  be removing Reebok from its stores for low sale performance.

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