PITTSBURG, Pennsylvania- Dick’s Sporting Goods said on Tuesday that it plans to destroy all the assault-style firearms and accessories it pulled from shelves in reaction to the school shooting in Parkland Florida.
Dick’s is based in the Pittsburgh area. The company’s decision to destroy the guns was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
““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 spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.”
The Post-Gazette said this was not the first time the sporting retailer took action against the modern sporting type rifles:
Following the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the retailer had pulled modern sporting rifles from its namesake stores nationwide. When it later opened its specialty Field & Stream stores, it introduced the modern sporting rifles to its product line there.