News that Dick’s Sporting Goods has taken its pro-gun control campaign to the next level by hiring three lobbyists to push their agenda has resulted in yet more bad news for the now-politically divisive company: It’s losing vendors at a rapid rate.
Within weeks of announcing its decision to pull all “assault-style” rifles from its stores and impose an age requirement of 21 for all gun purchasers, Dick’s was suffering “deeper-than-expected” losses. Now it’s experiencing a larger-than-expected loss of vendor contracts.
National Review’s Jack Crowe recently reported that Dick’s has just learned that it’s lost three key gun manufacturers. One of them is O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., which announced in a press release Wednesday that it’s officially cutting ties with Dick’s and its subsidiary Field & Stream in direct response to Dick’s anti-Second Amendment campaign:
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, announced today its decision to discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists in April 2018.
Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.
“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”
The announcement came one day after Dick’s learned that Hi-Point Firearms manufacturer MKS Supply cut ties with the sporting goods store. MKS likewise made clear that they were parting ways with Dick’s because of its aggressive anti-gun actions.
“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,” wrote MKS Supply president Charles Brown Tuesday. “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.”
MKS Supply’s decision came a week after another manufacturer, Springfield Armory, canceled its contracts with Dick’s.
Amid its troubling financial reports, Dick’s CEO Edward Stack has doubled down on the company’s political campaign, calling on Congress “to do something about guns” in an op-ed in The Washington Post in March.