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Urge Ace Hardware to Safely & Responsibly Sell Guns!


Americans know Ace Hardware stores as "the place with the helpful hardware folks." But some Ace stores recently made national news for selling firearms that resulted in deadly outcomes — like the AR-15-style rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse to kill two protesters in Kenosha, WI.

We privately asked the Ace Hardware Corporation to adopt better business practices for selling firearms. They ignored us. So, we’re asking for your help.

We believe Ace leadership has the power to live up to their community-driven values. The corporation prides itself in being a good neighbor — and that's why Americans love it. With your help, we can ensure Ace stores adopt responsible policies that are proven to reduce illegal gun sales and keep our families and neighborhoods safe.

Act now: Sign our petition to Ace

Ace should NOT be the place with unsafe gun policies! Sign our petition asking Ace Hardware Corporation to adopt a policy to safely and responsibly sell firearms.

Why We're Urging Ace to Adopt a Policy to Safely & Responsibly Sell Guns

There are multiple confirmed instances of Ace employees having sold guns to straw purchasers.

While only a small fraction of Ace stores sell guns (about 150-175 out of 5,000 Ace stores), there have been multiple confirmed instances where Ace employees transferred guns to straw purchasers. The most notable was a sale to an associate of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen who in 2020 used an AR-15-style firearm sold by an Ace store to murder Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and shoot and injure Gaige Grosskreutz at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, WI.

The 17-year-old Kenosha shooter was too young to legally purchase a gun. So, he conspired with a friend to buy an AR-15-style rifle through an illegal “straw sale” at a local Ace store.

In addition, an Ace store in Wisconsin carelessly sold guns that were recovered from a teen in Chicago in 2018. Those Ace stores that sell firearms are almost exclusively located in rural areas, where gun ownership is more prevalent and gun violence manifests itself in unintentional shootings and suicides on a near daily basis. The Ace stores that sell firearms are almost exclusively located in rural areas, where gun ownership is more prevalent and gun violence manifests itself in unintentional shootings and suicides on a near daily basis.

We believe protecting public safety is a core part of Ace’s values.

Ace prides itself in being a good neighbor and “supporting the communities we do business in.” We believe it is strongly within Ace’s core values to ensure that Ace stores that sell firearms adhere to a sensible policy that upholds community safety. We believe that it’s a part of Ace’s values to be a model for community safety and ensure that stores that sell firearms do so safely and responsibly.

Ace can be a national model for a responsible gun seller.

We aren’t asking Ace Hardware to stop selling guns. In fact, corporate gun sellers like Ace are well-positioned to establish model policies for the larger gun industry. By adopting a national policy to ensure responsible gun sales, Ace has a prime opportunity to build a safety standard that would benefit the neighborhoods and communities they love and serve.

Ensuring safe gun sales benefits us all, including gun dealers and gun owners.

Ensuring safe gun sales benefits us all, including gun dealers and gun owners.

We stand with the vast majority of the public, including gun owners, who believe that we must do all we can to keep guns away from people who would use them to do harm. Following established best practices can help Ace join and grow the ranks of responsible gun dealers.

BOTTOM LINE: Ace’s corporate leadership has the power (and duty) to provide oversight to its stores to ensure the safe and legal handling and selling of firearms. But right now, they're refusing to take that responsibility.

Sign the petition now!