Academy Sports Caves to Anti-Gunners: Bans Sale of AR15s and AirSoft Guns that look like ARs

Major U.S. sporting goods retailer Academy Sports & Outdoors is the latest P.C. Company to roll over to the anti-gunners. The store has instructed all of their locations to immediately remove modern sporting rifles from displays and advertising, as part of the latest round of knee-jerk reactions to the terror attack in Orlando.

Academy Sports & Outdoors

Employees have been asked by Academy’s corporate office to not only remove rifles based on the AR-15 platform from displays, but according to store associates even BB Guns, Airsoft guns, and anything that looks like the AR-15 are being removed from the store’s shelves.

The move comes as the Obama administration threatens to use the Department of Homeland Security to go after firearms.

In a memo sent to stores around the country, the corporate office told store associates to take the following immediate actions:

  • Remove all Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) from your displays.
  • Remove all MSR accessories.
  • Remove any product that resembles MSRs including Airsoft & air guns.

Academy Sports Memo about MSR FirearmsThe Memo was obtained by the guys over at The Firearms Blog:

According to store associates, who were on a conference call earlier this week, the corporate office has also outlined a new policy of tracking all sales of MSR ammo of more than 10 boxes. Store associates are claiming they are being directed to “report the transaction”.

Similar actions were taken by a number of so-called gun friendly stores after the Sandy Hook Shooting. After that massacre, Dicks Sporting Goods, Walmart, and even Cheaper than Dirt (one of the largest internet firearms retailers) all removed MSRs & firearms from their stores.

In August of 2015, Walmart joined Michal Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group to announce an agreement between Walmart and Bloomberg to put policies in place to keep detailed records, beyond federal requirements, on anyone who purchases a gun at Walmart. They agreed to film and store video surveillance footage of anyone purchasing guns in any of their stores.

Daniel Defense Terminates Agreement with Academy Sports

Daniel Defense

These Anti-Gun actions are not sitting well with gun owners who have shopped at these stores for years and are now all too familiar with these so-called gun friendly companies and their anti-gun actions. Following Academy’s actions, the firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense terminated their relationship with Academy and sent out the following letter to their distributors.

“As you know we take our partnership with our stocking retailers very seriously. We are committed to serving and supplying them at the highest level and expect our retailers to have that same level of commitment to our brand and our industry. Unfortunately, Academy Sports has made a corporate decision, in the wake of the recent terrorist attack, to remove all MSRs from their website and in-store displays. Academy Sports has communicated that they intend to continue to sell the MSR category of firearms without displaying or advertising them publicly. As a prominent MSR brand, Daniel Defense cannot support decisions that are completely contrary to the values of our company and industry. Therefore, as of today, June 16th, I request that you place Academy Sports on a Do Not Sell list for all Daniel Defense products and terminate any shipments to their stores or distribution centers. It is unfortunate that we have to make this decision, but it is clearly the right thing to do for our brand, our industry and our constitutional right. Thank you for your support.

Bill Robinson, VP of Sales

Academy’s decision clearly segregates firearms by their appearance, which sends a dangerous message to our politicians that it’s acceptable to do so. We as an industry must stand and fight, together.

Marty Daniel, President and CEO

The good news for gun owners is this idiotic decision is likely to bankrupt the store, as it recently did to their competition over at Sports Authority. Sports Authority Inc. cited its decision to abandon the firearms and hunting market as one of the contributing factors leading to its bankruptcy.


  1. B from CA
    June 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    There must be a lot of behind the scenes bullying. O yea, now the victim of a murder can sue the manufacturer. That is some bullying with teeth. This sue law should be the first one Trump overturns. Then he should overturn Free Trade.
    Hell, just overturn everything in the last hundred and twenty years. “We shall overcome” came right out of the Communist play book.. The whole civil rights movement was nothing but a Communist takeover. The black were and are pawns of the communists.
    Goggle “Race and Communism”.

    • B from CA
      June 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      It is a movie on YouTube every American should see.

      • B from CA
        June 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        The communists want to disarm us.

  2. Jake
    June 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I have one remedy for these spineless businesses. Today the survival of our country is threatened by these Progressive anti-American scum and everyone must pick the side the want to be on. Freedom and the Constitution or Socialism. Academy Sports has made their decision and now they must live with it. I for one, will never set foot in their place, and I will tell every human being I come in contact with how I feel about them.

    • Texan
      June 18, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Right on, Jake! Well said!

  3. Texan
    June 18, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I hereby promise to never shop at Academy Sports again.

  4. lee
    June 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

    they didnt ban sales dum dums, they just arent on display

    • axeman
      June 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      If you are afraid to show ; you must be afraid to sell. That makes you a coward in the first place .

    • BigFrank
      June 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Well, Lee, I have no interest in dealing with a company that’s embarrassed to sell firearms, or so cowardly they’re afraid of offending some liberal loon. Is that okay with you dum dum?

  5. Moman
    June 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Never shopped at one, don’t plan to start.

    bass pro still sells them and cheaper then dirt does too now.. but I like AIM surplus. or the local firearm retailer.

  6. GotohellTrump
    June 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Hey ya bigots! I’m back! B from CA you are probably the biggest special needs kid here. “Trump should overturn Free Trade. Hell, just overturn everything in the last hundred and twenty years.” Really? Have you sucked on your grandaddys dip stick for too long? That sounds like you want to take away freedom! How anti American of you! OYG! He’s terrorist!…..Bwahahaha!! Jake nobody is going to listen to you even if you happen to find an actual human being amongst your peers. Hey “axeman” what’s your real name? I’m sure hiding behind an avatar makes ya feel really big down in your pants.. Lol. Sound like you’re a coward.

    • BigFrank
      June 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Americans weren’t free 120 years ago? They actually had more freedom then than now. Sounds like you’ve been sucking on Stalin’s dipstick too long.

      • GotohellTrump
        June 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        Bwahahaha still tastes better then Trumps dumps that ya been swallowing. “Forbade any state to deprive a citizen of his vote because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. February 3, 1870.” “Enforced the 14th Amendment by guaranteeing all citizens of the United States the rights afforded by the Constitution and provided legal protection under the law.
        Civil Rights Act of 1875” “Prohibited discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and schools. Outlawed discrimination in federally funded projects. Created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to monitor employment discrimination in public and private sectors. (1963–1965)” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We definitely have more freedom and equality now.

    • concerned individual
      June 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

      ummm…are you ok? You sound like you just had 20 cups of coffee O.o

  7. B from CA
    June 20, 2016 at 12:25 am

    So you think you have more freedom now. You are welcome to your opinion. Just think about how free you are when you get into your car and buckle that strap. Bask in your freedom at the intersection recording your driver’s plate license. When you buy a house for hundreds of thousands with taxes up for thirty years. When they take your house that cost only ten thousand fifty years ago, but costs twenty times that today, think about your freedom. When you get laid off because a Cambodian will work twice as long for half the pay, think about your freedom. When your child dies of Cancer and it costs what two houses could have bought fifty years ago just to bury him or her, think about your freedom. When another child is shot by one of his peers, and another becomes autistic because of the shots that were safe and effective, think about your freedom. Finally when social services decides to take your children because you can’t provide for them, when fifty years ago the church ladies would have come by with a homemade casserole, think about your freedom. Yes, things have changed. We have so many freedoms. And just like songstress hippy Janis Joplin said, “freedom’s just another word for ‘nothing left to lose’. I doubt that she was thinking of all the freedoms we now enjoy. Peace.

    • GotohellTrump
      June 20, 2016 at 1:25 am

      Yes. Yes we do. Do you know how many crimes are crimes are solved and accidents prevented because of CCTV? Those cameras are there to protect. Have you heard of inflation? Do you understand how money works? And maybe you should stop working as Trumps fun time bed partner and you might not loose your job to a Cambodian.. Jk.. Not jk… We have FREE Healthcare in some countries outside of the states. Obama was working on public health care buy apparently nobody dug that idea very much now. “When another child is shot by one of his peers” That would have happened in the first place of guns were BANNED ALREADY!! Oh. Unless you meant flu shots. Those are still something that you should be getting. And they take away children from incompetent and incapable parents for a reason. It’s too ensure that the children are safe. And a casserole, no matter how delicious, won’t solve your financial problems. And neighborly charity shouldn’t be relied on. Learn to take care of your family. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
      –Nelson Mandela

      • Moman
        June 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

        your an idiot, those cameras where first in place in prisons, they can be used to track movement just as easily as to be used for their proper purpose, traffic violation. they are nto there to help either, only generate revenue.

        nextly, a child shot by his peers would happen if guns where banned because guess what, laws do NOTHING to stop the criminal element. think about it, murder is ALREADY against the law, criminals still break that law, guns in the hands of felons is against the law, felons still posses them.. see the trend yet?

        and yes to be free is to cast off ONE’s chains, and if you are to live in a way that respects your duty to self and enhances your own life, only then can you generate the wealth needed to provide charity outside of your own needs.

        nelson mandela promotes slavery to others, not freedom.

        and a casserole can help feed your children if you are in a tough financial crisis,

        and certain flu shots contain mercury, a heavy metal, to stabilize the injection from decay and other things, and heavy metal poisoning of children leads to developmental problems, and reduced IQ.

        fluoride is another one that leads to a docile citizenry, and it is found in drinking water and toothpaste, there is no need for it in drinking water.

        and lets not forget common core and other programs like it that promote stupidity due to reward simply for participation. this detracts from the students that actually try and makes their efforts less worthwhile since they can pass the class with an F anyway. ( no child left behind)

        and stupidity is what promotes… DING DING, SLAVERY: an uninformed public will vote out of desire for handouts rather then what is best the country in the long term. and since handouts come at the expense of freedom or liberty, this only reinforces the fact that it is slavery.

        but enough feeding of the troll. he/she/it would rather lvie it’s delusional life, beign so selfish as to desire other help them to the point they are forced as well as so selfish as to promote the disarming of potential victims so they can simply “feel” safer rather than actually BE safer.

  8. Ed
    June 20, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Let Academy take everything off the shelves, we won’t shop there anymore……

  9. B from CA
    June 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Quoting Nelson Mandella, true terrorist and communist. You are so sure of what you know, you can’t be taught. That is the goal of propaganda. I feel sorry for you. The things you say reveal the depth of your ignorance. The deliberate dumbing down of America is a phenomenal success. The brainwashing you have undergone makes you a perfect patsy. Communism was created by Myer Amshel Rothschilds, the banker, Marx and Engels were mere intellectuals. Their ideas were just that. But Rothschild’s money paid for the murder of the Russian Royal family and the enslavement or murder of millions in Russia. All the Monarchs at that time were related by blood. All bowed to the pressure of the banker who wanted one world government except the Russian who was the richest and most independent. All the wars have been deliberately created and financed by fronts for the Rothschilds, the richest family in the world. They own you little slave and you are so deluded you think you are free. What a sad case you are.

    Yes, I understand inflation. It is created by the bankers to keep the slaves down.

  10. James Bollinger
    June 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    The last above comment is right on. Due to the internet, what had previously been kept secret for years is now available for all to see. After posting this, I will not be reviewing any other posts. However, I do want to say that the above proven allegations (do your research) about Rothchild falls right in line with the Prophecy in the Bible (Revelation) prophesing that the coming world ruler will organize a one world government (economic) and a one world religion (the New World Order). The last four presidents (that’s right) referred to the time being right for the NWO. We see it developing as we speak (read). Nationalism must be defeated and guns removed. See Pol Pot, Cambodia, Mao Tse Tung China, Hitler, Germany, and on and on. Gun Control is not about safety but about confiscation. People better get their eyes open.

  11. Pat
    June 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Seriously Academy!! You are going to cater to the 0001% of our population just to be politically correct? That is a sorry excuse!! The money I have spent in your stores has just come to a halt!! No more!!!! I hope you fail because of the this BS!!!!

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