Gun Control

Overview

Civilian firearm manufacturers and retailers have come under increased scrutiny as 2019 saw almost one school shooting per week in the US. Investors are increasingly asking to remove gun manufacturers from their portfolios.

However, many retirement and index funds continue to include options in publicly traded gun manufacturers. BlackRock and Vanguard are among the top shareholders of these 3 gun manufacturers.

The gun manufacturers include:

  • American Outdoor Brands (stock ticker: AOBC)
  • National Presto Indus (NPK)
  • Olin (OLN)
  • Sturm Ruger & Co (RGR)
  • Vista Outdoor (VSTO).

The gun retailers include:

  • Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS)[1]
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse (SPWH)
  • Walmart (WMT).

It is worth noting that in 2018, Dick’s Sporting Goods stopped selling assault style rifles and to stop selling high-capacity magazines and firearms to people under the age of 21.

Gun Control Investing Resources

Gun Free Funds scores funds based on direct stock holdings in 5 major gun manufacturers and 4 major gun retailers.

Many of the “ESG” or “socially responsible” funds exclude, as part of their core principles, gun manufacturers, along with alcohol companies, and tobacco makers.

Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an internationally recognized framework for sustainability. Gun Control will directly contribute to SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions.

Photo by Kenny Luoping

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