Dick's Has Destroyed $5 Million of Gun Inventory

CEO Ed Stack Says Saving Even One Life is Worth It.

Joe DeStio
October 08, 2019 - 12:04 pm
Dick's Sporting Goods

Scott Olson / Staff

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The CEO of Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods says the chain has turned $5 million of its gun inventory into scrap metal.

"I said you know what, if we really think these things should be off the street, then we need to destroy them," Ed Stack told CBS.

Stack says it was after the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that he decided Dick's would no longer sell firearms to anyone under age 21 and to destroy the semi-automatic weapons it had in stock. He has more to say about gun sales.

"I don't understand how somebody, with everything that's going on, could actually sit there and say, 'I don't think we need to do a background check on people who buy guns.' It's rediculous."

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Stack admits his decisions on gun sales have cost the company about a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue.

The decisions for Stack have not been easy. He is a hunter and gun owner who believes strongly in the Second Amendment. But he didn't expect the magnitude of the negative feedback. And he's heard the argument that the decisions won't stop mass shootings.

"And my response is, you're probably right it won't. But if we do these things and it saves one life, don't you think it's worth it?"

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