Retailers start to pull some rifles from shelves

Dick's Sporting Goods and Wal-Mart suspend some gun sales after last week's shooting in Connecticut.

By Kim Peterson Dec 18, 2012 11:03AM
Credit: Seth Perlman/AP
Caption: Steve Swartz, owner of Capitol City Arms Supply, shows off some of the rifles for sale in Springfield, Ill.,While politicians go back and forth about the future of gun control, some retailers are already making a statement and pulling assault weapons from their stores.

Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) has suspended sales of its modern rifles nationwide. It's also taken all of the guns off the shelves at its store near Newtown, Conn., where a 20-year-old gunman opened fire at an elementary school last week, killing 20 children and six educators.

The company said it took those actions out of respect for the victims and their families in this time of national mourning.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, used one of the Bushmaster AR-15 guns in his deadly rampage. A semi-automatic version of the weapon is popular for civilian sporting use, The Dallas Morning News reports. The large retailers selling assault weapons include Dick's, Cabela's (CAB) and Wal-Mart (WMT).

Wal-Mart has stopped showing the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 rifle on its website as well, according to The Nation. There is no word whether Wal-Mart will stop selling the weapon at its stores, however. But Wal-Mart's site still shows that it's selling other guns at its stores, including the Sig Sauer M400.

Cabela's meanwhile, has stocked up on guns and ammunition heading into the fourth quarter -- largely a bet on surging gun sales after the presidential election. Here's what CEO Thomas Millner said in October, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

"At least coming in to the fourth quarter, we’ve taken a pretty aggressive position in inventory commitment to both guns and ammunition. So that’s a starting point. Clearly, if the president’s re-elected, I would expect some surge beyond the current levels, which are really good. And if Gov. Romney is elected ... I still think we’re gonna see gun growth next year. It probably won’t be at the same pace. ... So it’s probably a difference of degrees as we sit here today, but we’re doing a lot of stuff in our stores to make sure we are the easiest, fastest place to shop for your firearms purchases."

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Tags: Guns
Dec 18, 2012 1:16PM
Take away guns, and those obsessed with murdering will not go "Oh darn, no guns. I think I'll rent a movie instead..." There are as many different ways to commit mass murder as there are mass murderers; bombs, explosives, chemicals, tainted water supplies, tainted foods, vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, boats, planes, etc), and the list goes on.

There is no way to completely stop the carnage; outlawing the tool does nothing to discourage the perpetrator. Identification and intervention is the only way to reduce these acts, and not just throwing laws at everything but the underlying causes. Do YOU know someone that may need help?     
Dec 18, 2012 1:56PM
When you establish a "gun free zone", you publicize that this is an area where law-abiding citizens can't defend themselves.
Dec 18, 2012 1:50PM
Drugs are illegal. Do you see any shortage in them?  What happened when Alcohol became illegal? Organized crime and violence sky rocketed. We should be free to consume whatever we damn well please. That is freedom.  The problem i'snt the guns. The problem is our societies outlook.  We need to address the mental health issues many citizens are facing. Sounds gay, but what this society needs is more love and compassion.
Dec 18, 2012 2:26PM

If only Axes had been illegal Lizzie Borden's parents would not have been murdered.  If only Box cutters had been illegal the 911 hijackers would never had succeeded.  If only Ammonium Nitrate had been illegal Timothy McVeigh would not have killed anyone. 


While I personally don't see the need for anyone to own an assault rifle capable of shooting 30 rounds of ammo I am also not naive enough to believe that banning these, or all, guns would stop mass murderers.  We need to get some stones as a country and examine ALL the issues that lead to this behavior.  Violent video games/movies that are obsessively played/watched.  Lack of parental control or discipline.  Moral relativism being the mantra taught in our schools.  Over medication of our youth for questionable disorders.....etc., etc , etc.

Dec 18, 2012 2:07PM

When the bad guys and the government gives up their guns I will too ! Until then mine are not for the taking



Dec 18, 2012 2:22PM
I didn't know the big box stores sold Class III full auto firearms...  I mean, that IS what a true and properly defined "assault weapon" IS.... Not the standard semi-auto that just "looks" like the REAL counter-part... sarcasm....
The three biggest problems regarding gun violence:
1) Mentally ill/criminal mentality.
2) The media's desire to disarm the citizens of America.
3) The Powers That Be (TPTB) and their desire to disarm the citizens of America.
There are an estimated 300,000,000 guns in the US.
There were 11,493 firearm homicides in 2010 in the US.
That is 0.0038 percent of guns used for gun violence.
It also means there were 299,988,507 guns in the hands of completely safe people.
99.9962 percent of guns are owned, used and enjoyed by safe, law abiding citizens.
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The great goal is, that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun." -- Thomas Jefferson


This Country is dying because there is no conscience anymore. God is dead in America as President Obama said before his first election and souls like that of the CT shooter have no direction but down taking the rest of us with them.  For many, they need to know they can still believe in their God but this country has taken Him out of their lives.


The shooter's name should never be spoken of again.  


Dec 18, 2012 1:16PM
This is great news for local Gun Shops - Now they will not have to compete against these giant Chinese Stores like Walmart and Dicks !
Dec 18, 2012 1:02PM
Hopefully I can pick up a few more on clearance.
Dec 18, 2012 1:04PM
If only you libtards cared as much about unborn children as you do gun control and convicted murders.
Dec 18, 2012 2:19PM

NOT REALLY SURE there is a "compelling argument for gun control."...??

But I do believe there is one for "gun safety."....It should just be a given..


We have guns in our family for Generations....No serious accidents or threats...

And we have never been a threat to our neighbors, none of them to us either; Most all of them have guns also...I feel comfortable with that as long I know they are responsible.

We have about every type gun or have had, except Assault type weapons or Machine guns, I have fired many of them in the past....I personally don't believe Police should have them either.

Our children and grandchildren have had gun safety training and or been in the Military, many in our extended family also..

Some have been in Law enforcement...

I could make the "old stale statement" of guns kill/people kill.....But like I've said many times before it's about people and safety....And really not about weapons.

Dec 18, 2012 2:13PM
1.2 million abortions in the US last year.  Any anti gun proponents that are not as enraged about aborted children as much as the angels at Newtown are hypocrites.
Dec 18, 2012 11:51AM
you stop selling  guns i stop shopping at walfart
Dec 18, 2012 2:24PM

Both sides need to get off their soap boxes; this country needs to have a serious discussion about this issue. We have more of a societal problem, we need to talk about the way America handles mental illness, the over prescription of ADHD, ADD, and other drugs, and the long term effects on young children, entertainment, movies, video games, news media, the containing decay of the moral fabric of our culture, the list goes on. We need took take a deep look at the direction of our county, not a simple shallow argument about guns. Take away guns and bad people will adapt, doesn’t matter if they use box cutters, or fertilizer bombs they will find another way to hurt and kill. Also some guns and ammo capacities are ridiculous and are not needed in society.Pandora is out of the box, there are too many guns already out there for the government which is broke to do a buyback program. There are too many people fearful about the future direction our society and country is headed in to voluntarily give up their weapons. There will always be people on the far right and left fringes that delude themselves and refuse to listen to reason. Time to toughen up America; what we are doing obviously isn’t working.    

Dec 18, 2012 2:00PM
Wal-mart, Dick's and Cabella's are cowards.
Dec 18, 2012 12:36PM
good ...maybe you'll buy local products not chinese crap
Dec 18, 2012 5:49PM

I understand that people are afraid of guns.  I'm afraid of guns.  That's why I have guns.  I wish all those that want to get rid of them would take time to educate themselves about the real issues. 


(1)  The second amendment is NOT ABOUT HUNTING OR ANY SPORTING PURPOSE.  It's about protecting yourself from a tyrannical government and is really a much bigger deal than most people want to think about. It was listed "SECOND" so it was considered pretty important.   Admittedly, I worry about civilians having access to full powered military weapons but that's what the second amendment is about.  It ain't about yer daddy's squirrel gun.


(2)  The configuration of firearms can matter in certain circumstances  but not as much as the media would have you think.  The last "assault weapon" ban was ineffectual and that's why it was allowed to expire.   The definition of an assault weapon can be found on the ATF website so I won't go into the details here.  The bottom line is that removing assault weapon characteristics from a weapon does little to change it's lethality.   


(3) There are an estimated 300 million guns in the US now and probably billions of high capacity magazines.  Outlawing new production would be ineffectual as everybody has already stocked up.   That leaves buy backs which we don't have the money for, or confiscation which would be real, real, bad ( see item 1) 


I worry about kooks with guns too.  I worry about them so much that I have chosen to arm myself rather than trust in someone else to protect me. 



Dec 18, 2012 3:41PM

As my husband likes to say when something like this happens, it's not a hardware problem, it's a software problem.  The problem isn't the gun, it's the person holding it.  Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns will do nothing to deter criminals.  As JerseyAl says, what happened when we outlawed drugs? Alcohol?


People have been killing each other since Cain brained Abel with a rock.  What now; we outlaw rocks?  The Murrah Federal Building in Oklaholma City was blown up using a bomb made of fertilizer and desiel fuel.  I could go on, but why bother?  Just don't expect to see us drinking Obama's Kool-Aid at the local NRA chapter meeting.

Dec 18, 2012 2:33PM
Why should anyone have the right to tell me what kind of gun I can have. The simple fact that I want what I want is good enough. No one is told what kind of car they can drive when lets face all you really need is a reliable vehicle to get you from point A to point B. Also why are there so many different types of alcohol, how fast does someone really need to get drunk. My point is freedom of choice is the only freedom we really have left. when you start allowing the government to take away that choice we are no longer free. I don't believe that someone should be told what kind of drink they can have or what kind of car they can drive so don't tell me what kind of gun I can own. By the way the reason I used alcohol and cars as the only example because when you combine both they kill more people then any and every gun that is put into civilian hands.
Dec 18, 2012 4:36PM

It's not guns, it's not knives, it is mental illness, and the uneducated.   We need better laws or places for mentally handicapped people can go for help.   We need better schools and for dumb stupid people that shouldn't have kids to stop having babies.

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