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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Dec 18, 2012 6:19PM
It seems most Americans and everyone in this comment string is against more gun control knowing it is useless, but, for more education. Do you think the majority will rule here? Do you think this will matter at all? or do you feel we as citizens have any more say at all? This is the real problem, We will be called crazy by the minority and the press that no longer is balanced or impartial. We will feel no longer represented, That is dangerous, That is scary, That my fellow brothers and sisters of America is what will happen, goodbye freedom we will miss you.
Dec 18, 2012 6:11PM
If you are unable to look at the possibility of reducing gun deaths in this country after the death of twenty babies then there is nothing that will change your mind. We need to ignore your position and move on. Crawl back under the extremist rock you came from and leave the rest of us to deal with this horrific issue.
Dec 18, 2012 6:04PM

The higher the density of democrats the higher the crime and murder rates.

Dec 18, 2012 5:51PM
A 20 year old man stabbed babies in a nursery in Brussels.  Should we ban knives?  Something is wrong with our society.  We have looked into the face of evil and it is us.
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 5:32PM
The worst school killing in the US happen in 1927 when anyone could carry a hand gun, rifles, shotgun, or what ever there was at that time.  ONLY, the killer used no gun of any kind.  He used a knife. People who do these kinds of killing don't need a gun, if they can't get a gun they will find something else.
Good for them ...take America Back the politicians are to greedy and crazy themselves
Dec 18, 2012 5:24PM

oh damm people, how can you have money for mental health, be real. How can you expect a system so corrupted to even care about helping those with problems and doing what they are paid to do.  It is far more important to advance gay "rights," to spend billions on legislating garbage to protect the guilty and the thieves in corporate america.  How much money is wasted daily with advertizing for idiots so they know that feeding only fast food will have an adverse effect on their children. Add all this money to the other wasted money for training the population to be politically correct and you will see why there is no health care to speak of.


Dec 18, 2012 5:23PM
This is so stupid.  Why do people always wait until something bad happens before they take action?  Up until now, it's been ok for these stores to sell guns & make money.  Now all of a sudden it isn't.  I guess they figure that it might be their kids next.
Dec 18, 2012 5:19PM

The right to bare arms. huh, guns are getting more dangerous every year  it seems. If we continue at this rate you should be able have your on nuclear war gun before year 2025. Then these mentally ill

people can wipe us all out. Now i like having my on gun, but not something that will fire and  wipe out a hole school class in one round. Now maybe enough souls have be killed that we might see the light

at the of tunnel. God Bless the ones we have loss.

Dec 18, 2012 5:15PM
I think we as Americans saw this coming the second Obumbo was elected for the first time. The writing has been on the wall for years. It will be a sad if the Dems are successful in disarming America, that is when none of us will every truly be safe.
Dec 18, 2012 5:10PM

mandatory death sentences for armed crimes involving death. All gang related violence to carry the same punishment.  Instead of wasting money on anti smoking and gay rights campains spend it on mental health. 

Take those that constitute a real threat out of society, lock them in a booby hatch until they are no longer a threat. Get real about the problems that are and stop being concerned about all the fairy tale horror story bullsh-t that is rammed down peoples throats (mainly adolescents) on television and movies.

Be involved in your community and end this politically correct horsesh-t, label the useles scum so that others might be aware.

Public hanging is a good place to start

Dec 18, 2012 5:02PM
The Future:  Gee, guns are outlawed, have been confiscated, and people are STILL killing people.  

I'm waiting for one of these wacko clowns to walk in a school or church or mall wearing a suicide vest filled with nails.  Whoops!  There goes the cost of housing, sky high!  Libs will outlaw nails over a certain size, requiring permits and contractor licenses to buy them.  Let's not leave out ball bearings.  Imagine the permits, background checks etc, just to buy a new wheel bearing.  Brand new revenue sources with only the safety of the population in mind.  

Stupid knee jerk reaction!!!!!!!!


It's not the gun, the AR's or the AK's it's the mental capacity of the person pulling the trigger.  I'm all for gun control to keep weapons, guns, knives, cars, baseball bats out of the heands of mental patients but before we automatically blame the gun (again) lets look at the mental issues first.  As an avid shooter and hunter I want to see significant changes in mental health detainment and realistic evaluations vs. turning them out on society or letting the family deal with their mental health.  


This should happen no more guns to noone military people.
Dec 18, 2012 4:55PM

Think we are going to start locking up all knives, screwdrivers and slingshots...

Probably pea-shooters are next..


It was terrible what happend in Newtown, but please use a little sanity...

You really have to see the bigger picture and look beyond your Hometown, Newtown, your State and Country....To better understand our problems Worldwide...

Dec 18, 2012 4:47PM

You do not need to have GOD in your life, to be a Good, caring, loving person of your fellow humans and Mankind....

Get from behind the pulpit, take your collar or robe off......You are a Hypocrite !!! 

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.

Dec 18, 2012 4:36PM

you go Cabela's

my kind of store. thousands will be spent in your store by me and my family through the years. Walmart and Dicks will be closed before you know it.

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