Hi-Point Firearms manufacturer MKS Supply is cutting ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods over the chain’s gun control push, including the refusal to sell long guns to 18-20-year-olds.
MKS Supply President Charles Brown said, “In recent months, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment.”
According to Racked, Brown added:
We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values. [We’re] standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream.
Hi-Point joins Mossberg, Springfield Armory, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in abandoning the sporting goods chain.
Mossberg used a Facebook post to announce it would not accept any new orders from Dick’s:
NSSF announced it was ending Dick’s membership over “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.”
The foundation elaborated:
Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward W. Stack announced earlier this year the retail chain would end sales of modern sporting rifles, voluntarily raise the age to 21 to purchase firearms in their stores and called for more restrictive legislation. Dick’s later announced they would destroy the remaining modern sporting rifle inventory. NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.
Springfield Armory cited Dick’s decision to destroy unsold sporting rifles, rather than return them to manufacturers, as the final straw in the decision to end their relationship:
This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.
It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.
The NRA reports that Dick’s is trading 11 percent lower than a month ago and 38 percent lower than last year.
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