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Dick's Sporting Goods destroyed $5 million worth of AR-15s

Dick's Sporting Goods guns 125 stores Anthony92931, via Wikimedia Commons
Ginger Lawrence | 09 October, 2019, 00:04

Stack said the decision to stop selling guns has cost the company almost $250 million. "If we really think these things should be off the street, then we need to destroy them, '" Stack told CBS News.

After finding out that Dick's had sold the Parkland shooter a shotgun, CEO Edward Stack decided past year the company would no longer sell firearm to anyone under 21.

Walmart chose to stop selling assault-style rifles four years ago and stopped selling ammunition in August after a mass shooting at one of its stores in El Paso, Texas.

When Ed Stack, CEO of the Dick's Sporting Goods chain, found out his company sold a gun to the Parkland, Florida, school shooter, he decided he was done being in business of selling assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, he said on CBS Sunday Morning. Stack said he is considering expanding that policy too.

The company could have resold the guns to another retailer or returned them to the manufacturer, but it didn't, Stack said, according to CBS.

Stack said he became even more concerned after he heard the Parkland shooter had purchased a shotgun at Dick's. He thought he would receive some flak but he didn't expect the feedback he did.

"We've got the whole category under strategic review", Stack said in the CBS interview.

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Earlier this year, the company announced that they would no longer sale hunting weapons in 125 stores after a 10-store test showed positive results.

Just a day before that shooting, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring 24 others.

Last month, Walmart announced that it will stop selling ammunition for assault rifles and handguns and will ban customers from openly carrying firearms inside across its 4,177 stores.

Even though it wasn't the weapon used in the shooting, that largely impacted the company's actions.

Stack said he's faced similar backlash for decisions he's made at Dick's.

Walmart said at the time that the company will also stop selling handguns in Alaska, the only state where it sells them.