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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1572Comments
Dec 20, 2012 4:33PM
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In my humble opinion...NO STORE should sell weapons. 

In some states we cant buy beer in a super market, we must go to a liquor store. 

It should be the same for weapons.   If someone wants to buy a weapon they must go to a store that sells only weapons. 

All applicants should have a background check done. No one under 21 is allowed to even enter the store.  No one with a conviction of any kind should be allowed access to a weapon.  Anyone with domestic violence charges included...even misdemeanors.  Everyone applying for a weapon should submit a drug test as well as a mental health evaluation in addition to a background check.

 I also think there should be a law for anyone  found with a weapon without a permit...or one that is stolen... mandatory 3 years in jail.  Lets stop screwing around america.

Dec 20, 2012 4:33PM
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The right to keep and bear arms is an American right. We all know that wal mart does not cater to Americans so they don't care. If the government would do their job and deport all the illegals then wal mart would go out of business.
Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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People,People,People !!  The COWARD in Connecticut could have killed 32 people with the two HANDGUNS he had in his possession !!  The Glock and Sig held 32 rounds !!  So , get off the

ASSAULT RIFLE bashing !!  Leave me and my AR-15s alone !!  If you happen to know Piers Morgan ( CNN ), tell him to go back to England where they get ripped with KNIVES !!!

Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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No matter how many laws you enact, you will never prevent a CRAZY person or someone that wants to circumvent the law.

Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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Yeah, good thing automatic weapons are available to defend yourself. Look at how it helped Nancy Lanza. You pro-gun nutjobs make me sick.
Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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If they don't have a gun then they become" suicide bombers" which will then kill more?
Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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Dicks & Wal-Mart lost me as a customer !
Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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I wish that every gun control proponent would put up a sign in their front yard stating that their home was a gun free zone.....
Dec 20, 2012 4:32PM
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Agreeing with Ted Nugent: "If guns cause crime, then mine are all defective."

And the U.S. Constitution gives us the right to defend ourselves, which is a concealed carry license in itself.

 

And no, gun laws won't make criminals turn their weapons in.   

Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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Myself love deer and birds hunting  and I am not kill people  but i just animals and birds for reason eat meats so . also how to learn experience  training and teach right other people go training class for hunting and license control gun  . also we learn to wise than fool things .
Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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Why not start treating the nations mentally ill??? Oh I guess that would cost more money and no fulfill anyones agenda on both sides... All touchy feely things that do no good... I know lets do hands across America in solidarity.. we can fill in the gaps virtually by phone of course..  What next a ban on steak knives???
Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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Sounds like most of the people writing these posts need mental health evaluations. Reading what goes on in the minds of fanatical gun owners, makes you want to go out and purchase one. NOT! Of course mental health needs to be addressed, but why give people with mental health issues and easy way to commit mass murder? I will never understand this logic. We don't give out bombs or missiles, although reading these posts I think if they were for sale some of you would purchase them. Gun control laws do not mean take away all the guns it just means developing ways to make it harder for crazies to purchase them. Have any of you lost anyone to gun violence? I can't imagine you have and would feel the same way about the freedoms of owning such a deadly weapon. This is very sad...
Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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you want to go with the 2 nd amendment then buy a musket.

Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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why people won't admit that they just like guns, and that the new upcoming possible reform it's just like a toy taken away from a kid. Defense indoors - buy alarm system, defense outdoors - a 3 inch knife would do just fine. Why would anyone keep 100+ rounds for self defense like the recent murderer did. Guns don't kill people, people kill people its like saying that marijuana is not a drug and doesn't do any harm. What about mental ill people, sure they should be denied to buy a gun ever but Do you say that a drunk person that owns a gun is more responsible self-educated bla bla bla. There are way more people that drink and don't control themselves on a friday night than the mental ill all together. I personally think that guns should be banned for everyone no exception, and maybe in a few decades the old ones will rust and disappear forever from the civil circulation. But no, people wan't better ones, newer, with upgrades and modes and so on. 
Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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"Some guns?"  Stop the sale of all guns and ammunition! PERIOD!!!!!!
Dec 20, 2012 4:31PM
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Merry christmas 2012 and a Happy new year 2013!  To all!!! :)
Dec 20, 2012 4:30PM
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While most stores are having record sales..............
Dec 20, 2012 4:30PM
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One of my local gunstores is pulling guns off the shelves as well.  And by that I mean they have ten registers, each register was manned today at noon, and there were 7-10 people in line at each register buying weapons, and about 50 milling around the store waiting on background checks.  Nothing sells weapons quicker than liberals threatening to take those weapons away.

Dec 20, 2012 4:30PM
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Kill the 2nd amendment not the kids....

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