Following the Parkland school shooting, back in February, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Edward Stack, announced that the company would no longer sell firearms or ammunition to anyone under 21 years of age.
In addition to that, the company is committed to the following:
- no longer sell assault-style rifles also referred to as modern sporting rifles
- removing all guns from all DICK’S stores as well from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores
- no longer selling high capacity magazines
- and never selling bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly
But now, the company is revealing just how they plan to get rid of their remaining inventory: by destroying them.
A Dick’s spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change.”
The spokeswoman also notes:
“We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”
And according to the regulations the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, when it comes to destroying firearms, weapons need to be:
“cut, severed or mangled in such a manner as to render the firearm completely inoperative and such that it cannot be restored to an operative condition.”
With that in mind, Dick’s Sporting Goods will be demolishing their inventory at their five distribution centers and then recycling the parts.
While Dick’s has opted to destroy all of their remaining inventory, many other companies have simply opted to return any unsold products to the manufacturer.
In addition to pulling assault-style rifles from its stores, the company has decided to become actively involved in the nation’s debate over gun control.