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Dicks Sporting Goods destroy assault rifles

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Dicks destroys a ton of firearms.

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Dicks Sporting Goods destroys its unsold assault rifles after announcing in February that they will no longer sell the weapons.

"We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer available for sale due to our political change on February 28," said a spokeswoman for Dick in an email to Business Insider. "We destroy the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first to report the move.

The company told the Post-Gazette that it would recycle the weapon material after it was destroyed in its distribution centers. Typically, companies sell unsold goods back to manufacturers.

Federal Weapon Destroying Guidelines require shredding, cutting or breaking the gun parts – typically with a torch instead of a saw or other tool – to prevent their future use as a firearm.

Dick announced in late February that it would stop selling assault rifles and raise the minimum age requirement for the purchase of a firearm in its stores to 21. The policy was implemented in response to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, 17 students and staff.

"We are strong advocates of the Second Amendment – I'm a gunowner myself," said Dick's CEO Ed Stack at that time on "Good Morning America." "We do not want to be part of this story, and we have permanently eliminated those weapons."

Dick sold the weapons in his 35 Field & Stream stores, which focus on hunting and fishery products.

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