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.
While the business case for companies to reduce their exposure to gun violence is clear, for ICCR investors and their colleagues the moral case for action grows more urgent each day. We therefore ask companies to carefully reflect on how their operations, business relationships, supply chain policies, marketing practices and public voices might be used to counter gun violence and foster safer communities.
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province and 10 co-filers seek support for Proposal #4 on American Outdoor Brand Company’s (AOBC) 2018 proxy statement requesting a report on the company’s activities related to gun safety measures and the mitigation of harm associated with gun products. The AOBC annual meeting is being held on September 25; it will be a webcast-only meeting.
As outlined in our proxy exempt solicitation, both attached in PDF and here on SEC website, shareholders believe the company is exposed to heightened risks that threaten its long-term viability. Shareholders would benefit from reporting that will allow stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of the company’s current management systems and governance of these risks.
|American Outdoors Brands||Gun Safety||Resolution|
|Dick’s Sporting Goods||Gun Safety||Resolution Withdrawn|
|Dick’s Sporting Goods||Lobbying Disclosure||Resolution Withdrawn|
|Sturm Ruger||Gun Safety||Resolution — 69% Support!|
Media coverage shows the industry is listening:
September 9, 2018
August 28, 2018
August 23, 2018
June 14, 2018
May 18, 2018
May 29, 2018
May 16, 2018
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May 3, 2018
April 16, 2018
April 10, 2018
April 5, 2018
March 1, 2018
February 28, 2018