After Dropping Assault Rifles, Dick’s Starts Lobbying for Gun Control

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. is taking a step further to advocate for gun control, part of a rapid transition for the retailer that’s also a major vendor of firearms in the U.S.

The company has retained Glover Park Group to lobby congress on the matter, according to a disclosure form filed in late April. The move is unusual for a firm in the retail sector, where few brands tackle such a politically-charged issue for fear it will turn off customers.

Following a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school in February, Dick’s announced it would stop selling assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. It also increased the firearms purchase age to 21.

Dick’s, the biggest sporting-goods retailer in the U.S., was one of many brands to eschew the gun industry following the shooting. Walmart Inc., Kroger Co., L.L. Bean Inc., and Orvis Co. all made changes to their firearms offerings. Other companies severed ties with the National Rifle Association as a result of nationwide protests that followed the Parkland attack.

Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said at the time that while the company supports second-amendment rights, “we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America–our kids.”

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The sporting-goods retailer is working with three lobbyists from the Glover Park, a legislative and public affairs firm, who have worked with both Democrats and Republicans. The disclosure form listed the lobbyists as John Johnson, who worked for former President Bill Clinton, Andrew King, who previously worked for Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, and Christina Brown, who worked with Democratic Senator Bob Casey.

A spokesman for Dick’s declined to comment. Glover Park didn’t respond to requests for comment.


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6 Replies to “After Dropping Assault Rifles, Dick’s Starts Lobbying for Gun Control

  1. Could Dicks be trying to kneecap their competition, i.e. sporting goods stores that still sell AR’s?

  2. It would behoove Dicks to consider that there are many other sporting goods retailers that offer more variety and products without carrying the political baggage. Dicks is developing discriminators against instead of for its brand. A bad trend that will haunt it for some years. It may be years if ever before it regains its market share. Too bad.

  3. So Dick’s head Stack is moving his retail business firmly into the leftist camp. Not a very smart move from a business point of view. Lets see how that plays out.

  4. Parkland was yet another completely fake staged hoax event in which nobody died. Just like Sandy Hook and Orlando and Las Vegas etc. Jim Fetzer proves it.

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