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.
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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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.
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 !!!
No matter how many laws you enact, you will never prevent a CRAZY person or someone that wants to circumvent the law.
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.
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.
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