That’s how much Dick’s Sporting Goods is being sued for breach of contract.
It all stems from the Parkland, Florida high school shooting when Dick’s decided to stop selling guns to people under the age of 21, virtually stripping them of their 2A rights.
Here’s the scoop…
Citing breach of contract and fraud, Nevada-based Battle Born Munitions filed suit in federal court against Dick’s Sporting Goods this week.
At the root of the filing is what BBM says was the failure by Dick’s to hold up their end of a contract for the ammo distributor to supply the retailer with Field & Stream-branded ammo for resale in their stores. The delay by the big box sporting goods outlet, argues the filing, resulted in BBM losing out on a multi-million dollar contract to supply helicopters to an overseas U.S. ally.
The 11-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in a Pennsylvania federal court details that the two companies entered into an agreement in January 2016 to supply ammo packaged with Dick’s trademarked Field & Stream packaging. Acting on the contract, BBM paid two ammo manufacturers — Bosnian-based Igman and Hungarian-based RUAG — a total of $4.5 million for the product and made the munitions available to Dick’s by November of the same year, a delivery timeline stipulated by the contract. However, BBM says Dick’s then left them holding the bag for almost a year, refusing to pay them or take delivery of the ammo.
The house-branded ammo, which could not be repacked and sold to another retailer due to the Field & Stream headstamp on the cartridges, was eventually accepted by Dick’s but the intervening storage, at BBM’s expense, cost the ammo distributor $200,000. Further, since BBM’s cash was tied up in the stalled deal, they could not fill a contract with Lebanon for a batch of Bell helicopters, losing out on an additional $5 million, which they are seeking to recoup from Dick’s.
Lobbying against gun ownership was not a great move for Dick’s.
The Chairman & CEO of the company, Edward W. Stack, noted in a press release on February 28, 2018: “Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been.”
“Clearly this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.”
“We believe it’s time to do something about it.”
“Beginning today, DICK’S Sporting Goods is committed to the following:”
– “We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all DICK’S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores.”
– “We will no longer sell firearms or ammunition to anyone under 21 years of age.”
– “We will no longer sell high capacity magazines.”
– “We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.”
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