Dick's Sporting Goods to remove guns from 125 more stores

A Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Illinois

A Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Illinois

Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling firearms at some of its stores in another move to tighten its policies surrounding firearms sales. Dick's had previously removed assault-style weapons at some locations and raised the minimum purchase age for firearms weeks after the February 2018 deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people.

The company replaced hunting equipment in 10 stores where it had underperformed with "more compelling" products late in the third quarter and said those stores had positive comparable sales in the following three months. It put restrictions on ammunition sales and discontinued the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

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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.

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The company said it will also stop selling some of its hunting gear.

The in-store sections will be replaced with "merchandise categories that can drive growth", he said.

"If it goes as well as expected, we would probably take another batch of stores next year", Stack said in Tuesday's earnings call. "We will continue to make significant investments in our business to meet our athletes' ever-changing needs and grow our leadership position in the industry".

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