Major gun manufacturer Springfield Armory has announced it will cease business dealings with Dick’s Sporting Goods after the company lobbied Congress for a gun control bill.
On Thursday it was revealed Dick’s Inc. had retained a lobbyist in April to “advocate for gun control,” according to Bloomberg News.
“The move is unusual for a firm in the retail sector, where few brands tackle such a politically-charged issue for fear it will turn off customers,” Bloomberg reported.
Following the revelations, Springfield announced via Facebook it would sever all ties with the sporting goods retailer, indicating the split was over Dick’s “attempts to deny the Second Amendment.”
“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 gun company wrote in its post.
“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 was referring to Dick’s decision in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting to stop selling AR-15 rifles at stores across the nation.
“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,” Springfield’s post states.
“Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights 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.”
Springfield Armory has received multiple Golden Bullseye Awards from the NRA, an award annually presented to manufacturers with the best innovative gun products.