It may be Markley’s Law Monday, but I’m talking about the retail store. You might remember the post-Newtown dustup with Dick’s Sporting Goods at their decision to drop AR-15s from their product line.Â Dick’s and their AR vendor have kissed and made up, as Dick’s prepares to launch a new outdoor themed store that plans to sell them. I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. On one hand, Dick’s making a decision to sell ARs again is a loss for our opponents. Ultimately, a smart company is about the bottom line and the bottom line is ARs sell.
But locally we’ve also had issues with Dick’s stores enforcing New Jersey law in their PA stores, and it’s difficult to feel good about supporting a company that threw us under the bus so quickly after Newtown. Will the “Field and Stream” stores have a backbone? Being in the gun issue means getting blamed and punished for things you didn’t do. Perhaps if Dick’s can’t learn to take the heat, they best stay out of the kitchen.
UPDATE:Â Apparently Troy is denying any kissing and making up with Dick’s. Good for them.