Back in February, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they would be pulling all assault style weapons from their Field & Stream store shelves, along with raising the age to buy firearms in their stores to 21. Their stores would also no longer carry high capacity magazines or sell bump stocks.
Dick’s had pulled the weapons off the shelves in their main stores after Sandy Hook, but the offshoot store Field & Stream was still carrying semi-automatic riffles.
Many have wondered what the chain would do with the unsold merchandise and now we have an answer: Dick’s is destroying all of it.
The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports that the guns are being destroyed at Dick’s distribution centers and the company is following guidelines outlined by the federal government to complete the process. Parts will be sent to a salvage company for recycling.
A spokesperson for Dick’s did not say how much merchandise was being destroyed and also did not comment on what the retailer did with the guns they pulled in 2012.
Most of the response on Twitter was positive.
Wow, how rare. People over Profits
— marthadee (@marthapiper666) April 15, 2018
I might need to order something from them. Will probably find some stuff that can be useful fun and doesn't involve mass-murder-capabilities. Maybe camping gear or rain ponchos. Or something.
— Naama Yehuda (@NaamaYehuda) April 15, 2018
@DICKS Way to go, Dick's. Destroying the guns is a brilliant solution. I applaud your courage in standing up for gun safety in a very powerful way. Thanks from Denver.
— Pam Hartman (@PamHartman16) April 16, 2018