Firearm manufacturer Springfield Armor has formally cut all ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods following the retailer’s decision to hire three lobbyists to promote gun control legislation, the company announced in a statement this week.
In a press release issued in early May, the manufacturer didn’t pull any punches. The statement targeted Dick’s directly, and slammed the company for both hiring the lobbyists as well as placing new restrictions on younger consumers from purchasing certain types of firearms.
“Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying,” the statement read. “This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.”
Springfield Armory continued to lambast Dick’s Sporting Goods in its statement, arguing that the retailer chose the wrong side on the gun control debate which has dominated American discourse since February.
“It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company,” the statement continued. “At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods joined several other retailers including Walmart in calling for lawmakers in Washington to pass what they have called “common sense gun control legislation” following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. 17 were killed in the attack. The suspect used an AR-15 style rifle to commit the atrocity, and is currently being held in custody.
This isn’t Springfield’s first foray into politics. Over the past few decades, the company has been hugely supportive of the National Rifle Association, and played a major role in opposing an assault weapon’s in Indiana.
~ Ready to Fire News