Dick’s Sporting Goods was among retailers who caved into the demands of gun control activists by making the minimum age to sell firearms 21, along with other changes. To a large degree, bending over to lefty demands has backfired on Dick’s, and I’m wondering how much of this is an attempt to get the federal government to basically force their own rules on competitors to artificially level the sporting goods playing field:
Dick’s Sporting Goods, which announced in February it would no longer sell rifles to anyone under the age of 21, hired three Beltway lobbyists to lobby Congress for gun control, according to federal records reviewed by The Federalist.
The lobbying records show Dick’s hired two Democrats and one Republican from Glover Park Group, a DC-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” No other policy issues were listed in the disclosure form filed by the firm. The disclosure forms show Dick’s pro-gun control lobbying effort began official on April 27, 2018. The official registration form noting Dick’s retention of Glover to push for gun control was filed on Monday morning.
They’re free to sell or not sell whatever they want, but trying to force others to do the same is going full progressive activist. The company is really living up to the name on the sign.