Dicks Sporting Goods takes another step in advocating gun control, part of a swift transition for the retailer who is also a major US firearms salesman
The company has the Glover Park Group as the lobby for Congress the matter, according to a disclosure form filed at the end of April. This step is unusual in the retail sector, where only a few brands address such politically charged problems because they fear they might shun customers.
After a mass shooting in a parkland, Florida, in February, Dicks announced that he would stop selling assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. Firearm Age increased to 21
Dick & # 39; s, the largest sporting goods retailer in the US, was one of many brands that relinquished the arms industry after the shooting. Walmart, Kroger, L. L. Bean and Orvis have all made changes to their firearm offerings. Other companies severed their ties to the National Rifle Association as a result of nationwide protests following the Parkland attack.
CEO Edward Stack said at the time that the company supports the rights of the second amendment, but "the problem must be solved." Gun violence is an epidemic that kills many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America. of our children. "
The sporting goods retailer works with three lobbyists from the Glover Park Group, a legislature and public affairs firm that has worked with both Democrats and Republicans. The disclosure form called lobbyists John Johnson, who worked for former President Bill Clinton; Andrew King, who previously worked for Republican Senator Lindsey Graham; and Christina Brown, who worked with Democratic Senator Bob Casey.
A spokesman for Dicks did not want to comment. Glover Park did not respond to requests for comment.
After changing the company's stance to arms, Stack vowed to become an advocate and visited Washington in March to meet with congressmen. It also included support from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Who has been an arms control advocate for decades.
Stack's anti-gun control stumbles on his father's business. The stock has fallen 38 percent in the last 12 months as the retailer faces increasing competition from Amazon.com and suppliers like Nike, which generate more revenue from their own stores and websites. The sale of some weapons will reduce the revenue.
Dicks' hiring of Glover Park Group was previously reported by The Federalist.