In the past few days, a number of gun makers have cut their ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods as a result of the chain’s hiring of a government affairs group with the purpose of lobbying for gun control—and now we can add O.F. Mossberg & Sons to the list.
The Connecticut-based shotgun and rifle manufacturer said in a release that it will discontinue selling products to Dick’s and its subsidiary, Field & Stream stores. NOTE: Field & Stream magazine is in no way affiliated with the retail chain.
The release, issued today, says Mossberg will not accept any future orders fro Dick’s and is in the process of evaluating current contractural agreements.
“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control.” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of Mossberg, in a release. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”
Also this week, Ohio-based MKS, which makes Hi-Point Firearms and Inland M1911s, announced it also will not be selling to Dick’s and its affiliates because of the same reason, specifically because of the hiring of the government affairs group and also because of the retailer’s recent choices to destroy their existing inventory of AR-platform rifles and to refuse firearm sales to those under the age of 21, even though the sales are allowed by law.
Hi-Point specializes in low-budget handguns and pistol-caliber carbines while Inland, founded in 2014, produces a series of classic military firearms including variants of the M1911 pistol and M1 Carbine.
According to this story from guns.com, MKS’s Ohio production partners—Haskell Manufacturing, Iberia Firearms, and Strassells Machine—produced 147,400 handguns and 58,600 rifles in 2016, making it one of the largest gun makers in the country by volume.
Last week, the Illinois-based Springfield Armory issued a similar statement and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry’s trade group, officially expelled Dick’s from its organization.