Academy Sports and Outdoors


Academy Sports and Outdoors assistant manager tackled a man stealing a firearm, but was fired because a company policy prohibits touching customers.



The chain should change its policy from zero tolerance to “it’s okay to stop a thief”.

I will not set foot in any of their stores. This employee likely prevented multiple murders. I applaud his actions.

The would-be thief had ammunition in his car.


I have bought from them on line but will not do it again unless they rehire this man !


Do as you please with your money as that’s your prerogative. But this isn’t some sinister policy as you seem to be suggesting. These kind of policies get set because of attorneys who’s job it is to protect the company from endless law suits. No shop lifters are ever apprehended by employees. If an exception was made for this guy, then there would be more law suits. Maybe your real culprit is tort reform…


Who cares if this thug sues the store? He’s already been arrested.


The moral compass of corporate America is nonexistent !
That man stop a thief from stealing a weapon who’s intent can only be guess .
Every gun shop I have ever been in all the employees are armed !
If Academy Sports wont follow the industry standards they should stop selling firearms over the counter and limit their sales to on line !


Well yes of course, and always has been and always will be. Which is why we have (well had :roll_eyes:) regulations and why we have consumer protection agencies. A federal health administration to make sure our restaurants are serving us safe food. Because left to themselves. The dollar is the bottom line.


So much for freedom. Academy is violating no law.


Academy is most certainly responsible for the safe handling and storage of fire arms they own and letting a thief walk out the door is not safe handling !
Had the thief got away with the firearm A.T.F would be involved and laws had to have been broken !


Well let me know when you figure out what law was broken. But Academy’s policy is not a violation of any law. We do know that an employee violated company policy, it’s not clear right now that he violated the law, but he may have.


The draft rule involves requirements that would-be gun dealers certify the use of secure gun storage and safety devices wherever firearms are sold to non-licensed individuals.

Firearms Stolen from Inventory
Under the program, a “theft” of firearms occurs when one or more firearms are stolen from the inventory
of a Federal firearms licensee (FFL). The term “stolen firearm” is used to refer to a firearm, or firearms,
taken in a theft from a licensee. Under ATF’s program, theft is divided into three distinct categories:
burglary, larceny, and robbery.
The legal definitions of these three categories of crime can vary from State to State.
They do have a
common tie in that they all generally refer to the criminal taking of another’s property. For program
purposes, ATF recognizes each State’s respective legal definitions for these terms. Reporting licensees
should follow the State or local law enforcement authority’s guidance in selecting which term applies.
The theft of firearms is a critical event and must be reported to the local enforcement authorities.
Although the law allows the FFL 48 hours to make the report, ATF recommends that FFLs contact ATF
and local law enforcement immediately upon the discovery that a crime has occurred. Expeditious
reporting can make the difference in law enforcement’s ability to catch the criminals and recover the
When submitting a report of stolen firearms to ATF, both the local police department that was notified
and the resulting police report number must be identified on the
ATF report. Remember that it is
important to ensure individual safety and to preserve the crime scene for investigators.

Protect Inventory
ATF recommends that Federal firearms licensees take every precaution available to protect their
firearms from theft or loss. This includes conducting periodic and thorough, physical inventories, then
reconciling the count to the book inventory. At a minimum, an annual inventory or its equivalent is
highly recommended. Physical security including alarm systems and safe business practices are also
highly recommended and in some cases may be required by State or local law
. The following chapter
contains many tips and ideas that the licensee can utilize to enhance the safety of their inventory.
Safe business practices are the least expensive and perhaps the most immediately beneficial steps
that the licensee can take to limit the risks of becoming a victim of crime. As with all of the
recommendations in this pamphlet, the following methods and ideas have proven to be effective for
many licensees. A structured training program is also recommended to implement and encourage safe
business practices and procedures among employees.
Familiarize yourself with State and local ordinances.
Many jurisdictions have established
security requirements for businesses, some specifically for businesses that sell firearms. Many
jurisdictions require by law that a working alarm system be installed in your business.
Show only one firearm at a time to a customer.
If the customer requests to handle another
firearm, secure the first firearm before displaying another. If the firearms are kept in a locking
display case or other security device, ensure that only one firearm is unlocked or unsecured at a
Disable display firearms.
Use trigger locks or plastic ties to ensure that the firearms cannot be
loaded or fired while being examined. In some situations, the best practice may be the removal
of the firing pin. Another best practice to consider is placing display firearms in a safe at night, a
protocol followed by most jewelry stores.
Do not leave a customer who is handling a firearm unattended.
If an employee leaves
a customer who is handling a firearm, control of that firearm has been relinquished to the
customer. To prevent this, instruct your staff to return a firearm to its storage location before
leaving the customer unattended.
Keep ammunition stored separately from the firearms and out of the reach of customers.
This practice can help eliminate shoplifting of ammunition and help ensure that firearms remain
unloaded while on display.
Do not meet with customers after hours or off site.
This is particularly important if the
customer asks that some firearms be brought to the meeting. Advise your local ATF office of any
such requests and provide them with the identity of the requestor
Wipe down all countertops and doors each night.
A clean surface makes it easier to capture
and preserve fingerprints. Those fingerprints could be the difference between an unsolved crime
and capturing the criminals.

Strictly control firearms at gun shows.
Prepare an inventory of all firearms removed from
the store for display or sale at a gun show and store the list separately. ATF recommends that
you not take your acquisition/disposition record to the gun show if you will be returning to
your premises in time to record your transactions as required by law
. Thoroughly record all
transfers and make those entries as soon as you return from the show (see 27 CFR 478.125(e) for
Call Tree: Sometimes referred to a call tree, call list, phone chain or text chain, it is a telecommunications chain for notifying relevant individuals of events. Develop a Call Tree for your business, consider updating it at least quarterly, and train employees on what to report and when.

Cable/Trigger Locks: Inexpensive and abundantly available, cable and/or trigger locks create a physical barrier to prevent firearm discharge.

Safe/Vault Firearm Storage: Utilization of a safe or vault to store firearms outside normal business hours can dramatically reduce the chance of theft.  Most firearm theft instances are crimes of opportunity, and a safe or vault can all but eliminate this risk.

Harden Steel Locks: Whether it is the firearm displays, pad locks, or door looks throughout your business, assure only harden-steal locks are utilized, and that the materials to which they are secured are capable of withstanding breach attempts.  For example, when a harden-steel lock is attached to an aluminum flip-latch anchored into plywood, the entire latch and lock will be broken from the plywood to gain access.

Captive Locks for Displays: Captive locks will not allow the key to be removed unless the device is in the locked position.  These locks go a long way to preventing accidentally leaving displays unsecured.

Monitored Security System: Although security systems are available in virtually infinite combinations of features, there are a few core recommendations:
    Monitored: Monitor for activations and zone bypasses (i.e. a particular area or “zone” of monitoring is disabled when the system is armed).
    Motion Sensors: Sensors to detect movement should be placed to directly monitor the areas and access points where firearms are stored.
    Video Cameras: High quality, video should be captured, monitored off-site, and maintained for 30-60 days. This works not only for crime prevention, but can become an essential piece of evidence in the event of loss. Routinely assure cameras are functioning as required, and are positioned appropriately.
    System Battery Back-Up: Security systems should have a back-up battery to assure the system keeps functioning in the event of a power outage. Back-Up batteries should be occasionally tested, and should be designed to notify the monitoring center should they be placed into use and/or nearing the end of their charge.

Bollards: Bollards work to prevent close-in vehicle access to your business. Although large, concrete cylinders are common, more visual appealing bollards like flower pots can be utilized to achieve the same results. Assure distance between the bollards is not more than the width of a compact car.

Secured Ventilation and Roof Access: All heating/cooling/ventilation equipment should be secured with bars or other physical barriers to prevent access, and roof access should be as limited as possible.

Employee Hire/Resignation/Termination Plan: Employees should be subject to an appropriate background check. With every employee resignation and/or termination, all locks, security system codes, and safe/vault access PINs should be changed.

Shared Walls: If your business shares any walls with other establishments, consider these as potential points of entry for a criminal.  Consider taking steps to minimize this risk such as placing large, hard to move displays on the wall, securing the area with motion detectors, and video cameras.

Check Your System: At least bi-annually, physically inspect physical barriers (i.e. window and door bars) for wear/tear.  Assure all technological elements of your security system are functioning properly by asking your system provider to have a tech inspect your system.

Do the Simple Things: Keep your employees trained on how to keep your security system functioning properly, and what expectations are for securing inventory. Do not allow the store to be closed for the night without all counter tops, smooth surfaces, and doors to be wiped clean so that, in the event of a loss, these common places for leaving fingerprints can provide necessary evidence.


I appreciate the citation. Has it been declared that the employee violated any of that, or that the stores policy violated any of that?


I say f@ck management let them steal everything just watch . When it becomes a very costly problem the nitwits will change their instructions and that’s when you refuse to interfere and risk injury , F them !!!