Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

Gun Safety

NWCRI Shareholders Address Gun Safety with Gun Manufacturers and Retailers

The prophet Isaiah says, “And a little child shall lead them.” Following on the tragedy in Parkland, Florida  students are leading the U.S. in addressing the epidemic of gun violence. As one of the high school organizers wrote in a CNN op-ed, “And so, I’m asking—no demanding—that we take action now.”

Two years ago faith based shareholders, concerned over escalating gun violence in the U.S, purchased stock in gun manufacturers Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Bands, and gun retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, so that we could dialogue with the companies about what they are doing to ensure the safety of children and communities whose lives may be at risk because of their products. In December 2017 and January 2018 we filed shareholder resolutions requesting a report on these companies’ gun safety measures.

NWCRI and ICCR members involved in this effort represent Catholic Sisters, who for almost 300 years, have educated our children in the safety of our schools and cared for the sick and injured in our hospitals.

Shareholder Resolutions:
Company Issue Action
American Outdoors Brands Gun Safety Resolution
Dick’s Sporting Goods Gun Safety Resolution Withdrawn
Dick’s Sporting Goods Lobbying Expenditures
Resolution Withdrawn
Sturm Ruger Gun Safety Resolution


Recent press reports show the industry is listening:
March 1, 2018

CNBC: Kroger stops selling guns to buyers under 21 at Fred Meyer stores

February 28, 2018

The Hill: Walmart to raise age limit on gun purchases

CNBC: Activist nuns see momentum building for their fight against gun makers after Florida school shooting

The Guardian: Gun company investors push for change after Florida school shooting

Vox: Mass shootings have made gun stocks toxic assets on Wall Street

CNBC: Dick’s Sporting Goods decided on assault-rifle ban after student protests and a meeting with nuns

February 23, 2018

ICCR: Shareholders press gun manufacturers to report on efforts to make products safer


Catholic Calls for Gun Safety

USCCB: A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence

Cardinal Cupich calls for action on gun legislation