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Dick’s Sporting Goods Faces Customer Outrage Over Gun Ban

Fox News – by Todd Starnes

Dick’s Sporting Goods customers are threatening a class-action lawsuit after the company allegedly refused to fill gun orders made weeks before the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Dick’s announced just before Christmas that it was suspended sales of rifles out of respect for the victims of the school shooting. But some customers allege the company is also refusing to honor sales made the day after Thanksgiving.

And thousands have joined a Facebook page calling for a boycott of the company.

“What makes this situation even more frustrating is that I am a law enforcement officer and purchased this rifle specifically to use while on duty,” a gun owner told Military Times. “My agency allows us to carry rifles, but cannot afford to issue one to every member.”

“It’s unacceptable,” customer Troy Blackall told CBS 11 News in Dallas.

Blackall and his wife paid for two Troy Carbines – but they only got one. Instead, he said the company sent him a refund and a gift card.

“The gun prices have doubled and tripled in price now. So it’s not like we can get our money back and buy the guns someplace else.”

He said he would sign on to a class action lawsuit “in a heartbeat.”

Dick’s Sporting Goods did not return calls seeking comment.

Russell Kellner and his wife only received one of the three semi-automatic rifles they bought.

“It ain’t a good deal when you don’t get it,” he said. “So I’m not happy at all about it.”

Instead, the Kellners received a $100 gift card and a Christmas Eve letter from Dick’s — telling them the company would not be fulfilling any more orders.

Kellner told CBS 11 News Dick’s should not have changed their policy until after filling orders.

“Do what you said,” he told the television station. “Do what you advertised. Make good on it.”

Customers aren’t the only ones upset over Dick’s decision.

The founder of gun manufacturer Troy Defense put his outrage in writing — on the company’s Facebook page.

Stephen Troy said he was “deeply dismayed and shocked to hear” about Dick’s “anti-gun” decision. The company had invested millions of dollars to provide their rifles to Dicks’s under an exclusive contract.

“DSG did not contact or inform Troy of this decision prior to notifying the public,” he wrote. “Nor was Troy informed by DSG that cancellation letters were being sent to customers.”

The website Twitchy compiled a list of critics who posted their displeasure on Twitter — many calling for nationwide boycotts of the store.


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7 Responses to Dick’s Sporting Goods Faces Customer Outrage Over Gun Ban

  1. Eomer says:

    Since DSG’s actions I’ve already started to boycott these scum. I never really cared for the store but every year I would at least go for a few things, one being a gift card I would purchase annually as a Christmas present. Not this year nor ever again.

  2. You wait and see how badly Dick’s sales drop into the toilet…then their operating profits will sink like a leaking kayak….followed by their stock price collapse….someone at Dick’s is going to be very sorry, from an economic perspective…that they made this decision…..sad, very stupid and sad…


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  3. GREGO says:

    Even if they start to sell agian, I will never buy from them. To stop selling when we need them most is unforgiveable. Never give Dicks your hard earned money…

  4. morfeus says:

    Dick’s Customer Service Dept

    345 Court Street, Coraopolis, PA 15108
    Corporate Headquarters Phone:(724) 273-3400
    Ed Stack, CEO

    Let them know you will be sending your business to their competitors

  5. NC says:

    “What makes this situation even more frustrating is that I am a law enforcement officer and purchased this rifle specifically to use while on duty,” a gun owner told Military Times. “My agency allows us to carry rifles, but cannot afford to issue one to every member.”

    Awww….the poor police officer won’t be able to get his gun to kill innocent people in the streets. I guess he will just have to settle for his taser.

    I have no respect nor sympathy for police officers even if one or two are on our side with this issue. The only respect I have for police officers are the ones who actually go out and do their job and arrest the real crooks in our government and actually do their job of serving and protecting the people (which are like less than 1% probably as of now), rather than torturing them. Until then, we have no police officers and we have no government and I have no respect for any one of the them.

    • BentSpear says:

      You’re correct. The individual oinkers only have to use Departmental Letterhead & they get severe discounts from Distributors, not some retailer. For them to “open” purchase a “Duty Firearm” through a retailer raises some Flags. I smell “Color of Authority” abuse with that statement for going outside their Departmental Logistics chain. Even Hooterville, USA Departments have some type of Purchasing Agent that tracks weapons purchases.

  6. Call me Nobody says:

    Several years ago I tried to buy a .22 rifle from a Dicks store in Iowa that I liked and was on sale. I had a permit to purcase a pistol, which at most stores allows you to avoid a background check. They refused to accept the pistol permit and did a background check. I didn’t have the full amount to buy it, so I put it on layaway. I came back the next day to pay it off and pick it up. Thay told me I had to go through another background check because I may have commited a crime since the first check. I told them to keep the gun and I demanded my downpayment back. Dick’s is for dicks, or at least its run by them.

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