Dicks Sporting Goods Will Destroy Its Stock Of AR-15s Instead Of Returning Them To Manufacturers

Dicks Sporting Goods no longer sells AR-15-style rifles at any of its stores, and soon its unsold inventory of the much-vilified firearms wont be available anywhere else.

Instead of returning them to their manufacturers, Dicks will destroy its entire stock of unsold AR-15s, the company said Monday.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” a Dicks spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”

Pennsylvania-based Dicks, the worlds largest sporting goods retailer, stopped selling AR-15-style rifles in February in response to the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The company had previously removed the rifles from the shelves of its Dicks-branded stores but continued to offer them at its 35 Field & Stream retail locations.

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had purchased a gun from a Dicks store, though not the AR-15-style rifle he used in the massacre. Still, CEO Edward Stack worried that “it could have been” the case.

Following the decision to pull modern sporting rifles from Field & Stream stores, it was unclear what Dicks would do with the weapons it held in inventory. Typically, a retailer like Dicks can return unsold merchandise to the manufacturer for a refund or a credit.

Instead, Dicks has decided to destroy the rifles at the companys distribution centers and send the parts to a salvage company to be recycled, reports the Post-Gazette. The company did not say how many rifles would be destroyed.

In addition to its policy on AR-15 sales, Dicks said in February it would stop selling high-capacity magazines or sell firearms to anyone under 21 years old. The company is facing two lawsuits over the additional age restriction.

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