Oct 8, 2019

Dick's destroyed $5 million of assault weapons after storewide ban

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Dick's Sporting Goods turned nearly $5 million worth of guns into scrap metal rather than sending them back to manufacturers after the company restricted the sale of military-style guns starting in 2018, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: A collection of corporate executives have been at the forefront of the national gun debate, with Dick's CEO Ed Stack often taking the lead, even as the NRA and Republican lawmakers criticized the company's policies. Stack has made changing Dick's gun policies a focal point of his role, per the Post

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Dick's CEO Ed Stack reportedly testing a 2020 presidential bid

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Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack assembled a focus group this week to explore the possibility of a third-party presidential bid in 2020, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Under Stack, Dick's instituted tougher gun sales restrictions and destroyed $5 million worth of assault weapons rather than send them back to manufacturers. The post-Parkland moves were divisive in today's polarized climate and ultimately made a dent in the company's bottom line — which could lead to questions about Stack's motives to implement them as he tests the 2020 bid.

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019

Gun safety group is biggest outside spender in Va. state elections

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Ahead of Virginia's elections Nov. 5, gun safety group Everytown tells Axios they're "outspending the NRA by more than 8-to-1" to help Democrats flip the state's General Assembly.

Why it matters: Everytown says it is the biggest outside spender in the election. Gun politics is changing rapidly around the country and within a swing state once predictably red and pro-gun rights. Gun policy is the top issue for Virginia voters, but those supporting Republicans were just as likely as those supporting Democrats to say it will be "very important" for their vote, per a Washington Post poll.

Go deeperArrowNov 1, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom enacts new gun regulations

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed multiple gun control bills into law on Friday, expanding gun violence restraining orders and implementing harsher restrictions for the number of firearms Californians can purchase in a given month, the Sacramento Bee reports.

What's new: Newsom signed 15 bills in total on Friday, extending the length of gun violence restraining orders to a 5-year maximum, and requiring law enforcement agencies to implement written protocols on the use of the petitions.

Go deeperArrowOct 12, 2019