Business & Lobbying

Dick’s Sporting Goods hires lobbyists on gun control


Dick’s Sporting Goods has reportedly retained several lobbyists to urge lawmakers to take action on gun control, months after restricting gun sales in its stores.

The sporting-goods chain is working with three lobbyists from the Glover Park Group to take on the topic, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing a disclosure form filed late last month.

The move comes after Dick’s announced following the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school in February that it would stop selling assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The chain also said it would no longer sell guns to anyone under the age of 21 and later announced it would destroy some of the guns or accessories left in stock.

{mosads}A spokesman for Dick’s declined to comment to Bloomberg for its report, and Glover Park didn’t respond to the outlet’s requests for comment.

Dick’s CEO Edward Stack vowed to take action on gun violence after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which left 17 students and faculty dead.

“Based on what’s happened, and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably and to think about the loss and the grief that those kids and those parents had, we said, ‘we need to do something,'” Stack said during a February interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

However, Bloomberg noted that it’s unusual for retailers to hire lobbyists on topics like guns, a move which could alienate some potential customers.

Several other retailers also chose to place restrictions on or entirely eliminate the selling of firearms after the Parkland shooting, including Walmart.

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