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OSHMAN'S STOPS SELLING HANDGUNS IN MINNESOTA MALL

 BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Oshman's Sporting Goods (NASDAQ-NMS: OSHM) has stopped selling handguns at its Oshman's SuperSports USA store in Minnesota's Mall of America.
 Alvin Lubetkin, president of Houston-based Oshman's, said "The decision was simply a merchandising decision. Handguns were not selling. We needed to expand our assortment of archery and long guns and something had to give. In some markets it might be Ping-Pong tables or ice skates. Since handguns at the Mall of America are slow sellers in such a huge tourist attraction, the decision to remove them was easy. Any hunter or outdoorsman will continue to find an excellent selection of firearms in our store."
 Oshman's, a Houston-based sporting goods company, was founded in 1931 and has grown to 166 stores in the United States with 1992 sales of $313 million. In addition, Oshman's operates licensed retail sporting goods in Japan and Mexico.
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 /CONTACT: Marta Fredricks of Oshman's SuperSports, 713-224-9115/
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