This is a positive development. Every other NSSF member should likewise stop doing business with Dick’s. Springfield Armory is already on the ball. This step is unprecedented. In the time I’ve been involved in the issue, I can’t remember NSSF ever giving the boot to a member over their stance on gun control. Let Dick’s gun departments wither and die.
Also, a lot of hay is being made about Vista Outdoors looking to sell off its gun business. John has a lot of good details on his link. They are selling off a lot of brands, and are exiting the cycling, snow sports, and water sports markets altogether. They are keeping their ammunition brands (CCI and Federal), Blackhawk, and Bushnell, to name a few. I’ll agree the timing sucks, but I have to wonder if there aren’t financial and strategic considerations here more than “guns are icky,” especially given they are keeping the ammunition and accessory business. If you’re going to sell, you’d rather sell high, and if I were looking to get out of the gun making business, I can’t think of a better time to sell than when the public is in a panic buying mood.
I’m not saying Vista aren’t being cowards here, but before this latest bullshit, the gun business wasn’t doing so well after the post-Hillary panic failed to materialize. So I’m not quite ready to call for burning Vista to the ground without more evidence they are caving to pressure and not looking to unload an albatross when you might stand better odds of finding a buyer.