Retail industry asks whether firearms are still sporting goods

Source: Jacob Bogage, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced this week it will pull guns and ammunition off the shelves of 125 of its 720 stores.

The move comes as Dick’s, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, is getting squeezed by specialty competitors and big-box stores looking to claim a piece of the ever-growing “athleisure” market. It also came before the latest episode of horrific gun violence that left 50 dead at two mosques in New Zealand.

The decision is part of a trend that is redefining what belongs in a sporting goods store, experts say.

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