Where I live we have a bunch of sporting goods chains. Many of those chains that have a hunting department also have always had a large selection of handguns in addition to rifles an shotguns.
Within the last year and a half or so some of these sporting goods chains have either merged with another company, been totally aqcuired by their parent company, or bought out by another compeditor all together. Once this happens I've noticed that the handgun section seems to vanish within these stores. I mean it seem these newly formed sporting goods stores have decided to get out of the handgun market all together
Two of the oldest sporting goods chains in my area were Gart Brothers and it's compeditor Dave Cook. Gart Brothers acquired Dave Cook stores and liquidated them. Both always catered to not only team sports, but also to hunting and fishing sports as well, and they always sold handguns and handgun accessories. Gart Brothers became Gart Sports but still sold handguns under the new store name. It's parent company called Sports Authority who has totally taken over and changed all Garts Sports stores to Sport Authority very recently. I noticed when this happened that none of the Sports Authority stores sell handguns anymore.
The same thing happened with Galyans stores, who sold handguns as well. Dicks Sporting Goods bought Galyans and liquidated all the handguns from inventory. Dick's has become anti-handgun too
I wonder!! Is this a subtle sign of things to come. Even some Walmart stores are getting out of selling guns all together.
Of all the major sporting goods stores in my area now only Sportsmans Warehouse and Gander Mountain still sell handguns. What does the future hold. Are places staring to become anti-handgun, but pro long gun? What's been happening in your area?