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 4:16PM
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WELL WE SHOULD LET PEOPLE OWNGUNS WHEN THEY ARE OLD.LIKE WHEN THEY ARE 30 YAERS OLD!!!!

 

Dec 20, 2012 4:16PM
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A person doesn't need a semi automatic. We can all live with hand guns. Better regulations for gun control and mental health will be best.
Dec 20, 2012 4:16PM
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If gun sales skyrocket on the election of gun hating Democrats bent on taking away the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, wouldn't it make sense that in order to reduce gun sales, these same gun hating Democrats would just shut up about denying Americans their Second Amendment right and support it instead. The Gun haters don't want the problem solved. They want the issue so that they can continue to divide and ultimately conquer this once great nation.
Dec 20, 2012 4:16PM
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A person dosent need a semi automatic. We can all live with hand guns. Better regulations for gun control and mental health will be best.
Dec 20, 2012 4:15PM
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The justification for the 2nd amendment is "A well-regulated militia being necessary....", is always omitted by the gun proponents in their discussions.  We always hear about hunting, protection in our homes, etc., but not the reason for the amendment to begin with.  At the time of the Bill of Rights. the country was afraid of Pres. Madison and his tendancy to want to establish a national religion just a few years removed from our Revolution.

 

We don't need 30-50-round magazines!

Dec 20, 2012 4:15PM
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SHAME ON DICK's AND WAL MART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 20, 2012 4:15PM
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SPIN as Much as YOU WANT..

MSNBC B.U.L.L. Shytte...as Usual...

Retailers Cannot keep their Shekves Stocked ..

Demand EXCEEDS Supply..

 

 

UND DER FURER OBAMA SPRECHEN...

ACTUNG

NO MORE GUNS,,no More Dis und Dat..

Das is VERBOTTEN...

No One Trusts this Commie-in-Chief

 

At Least Obama has Helped ONE area ..of The Economy..

Dec 20, 2012 4:14PM
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WRONG ! WRONG ! WRONG !   Get your facts straight !!  Walmart is not caving in to MEDIA PROPAGANDA !!  Walmart is selling guns hand-over-fist !!  I just bought a Colt AR-15 at WMT !!

People are lined up out the doors at Academy, Gander Mountain, Walmart, B**** Shop, Cabellas and others waiting to buy guns of all types !!  At least the MEDIA has improved the economy; especially for Sporting Goods Stores !!

Dec 20, 2012 4:14PM
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Please take away any guns that hold more than 12 rounds in the clip while you're at it. There is no need for high capacity in any gun sold to the public.

Dec 20, 2012 4:14PM
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blah, blah, blah.....come on people.  Write something new and interesting.  Otherwise, STFU!
Dec 20, 2012 4:14PM
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Not taking anything away from what happened to the kids and teachers. It breaks my heart to think of the families losses as I have also lost relatives due to weapons violence also. The gun or guns did not kill the first person. Just like a knife, a bomb, or a car they do not kill without a person in control of them. A person with no values towards human life did the killing. If you take the guns as so many are crying for you loose one of the fundamentals that this country was built on. I have kids and grandkids and I will do anything I could to protect them. Including using one of my firearms to do so. Loose the guns and become one of the sheep waiting for the wolfs to hunt them. I will not lay down my rights and my guns as an american citizen and a human being to be able to defend myself. Why doesn't our police force try stopping crime without being armed with guns? Answer they know what the cost would be. Crime would run free and the public would all become victims including them.
Dec 20, 2012 4:14PM
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Really people? Do you stop selling Honda's when too many people use them to drink and drive and kill people. Guns are a tool and harmless unless so stupid moron uses them in an evil way.
Dec 20, 2012 4:14PM
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Most of the commenters here apparently do not understand. The weapon used by the maniac in Ct. was a semi-automatic .223 rifle. It only fires once when you pull the trigger and the bullets are just a bit bigger than a 22. A truly automatic weapon fires as long as the trigger is pulled and as far as I am aware are only available to the military, not at retail outlets.
Dec 20, 2012 4:13PM
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This is so ridiculous! After 911 did they pull airplanes and box cutters of the market? After  Timothy Mcvey bombed the federal office did they pull fertalizer and deisel fuel off the market?  Of coarse they didn't! These instances killed hundreds and even thousands of people so why when a gun is used all this bs arises is beyond comprehension. People WAKE UP!!  You will never stop these acts of insanity by banning guns. The tool used will simply change!!! This rather prooves why more people should carry protection.
Dec 20, 2012 4:12PM
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There was a double murder in a neighboring county.  These murders were accomplished done with a hammer.  They did not pull the hammers from the shelves.  Why pull the guns? 

In China, where it is illegal to own a gun, someone murdered around twenty poeple with a knife.  The destruction of human life will not stop until we bring the value of human life up in this country.  Forty years ago we were not having these problems, but hey, God was still welcomed and taught in the schools.  As a matter of a fact, children knew the Ten Commandments.  What is that sixth one?  Oh yes, "Thou shalt not KILL."  Too bad we do not teach that in America anymore. 

Dec 20, 2012 4:11PM
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The Dick's near where I live never had them to begin with and I started shopping for one about a year and a half ago. A non-news moment and a great commercial opportunity for Dick's who literally did nothing. Way to go media, what's next Mc Donald's to stop selling assault tacos?  
Dec 20, 2012 4:10PM
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it not the guns killing people its nut jobs who choose to use the guns..if you take away the guns they will just use other weapons like home made bombs..or swords....parents need to understand if thier child is disturbed get them help..dont say hes my son he would never kill any one..thats bullcrap..

 

Dec 20, 2012 4:10PM
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  Get all the +10 round clips off the shelves, and start racially profiling white guys!

Make sure every gun-owner pays for their own mandatory psyche exam every two years!

  Tell the gun-goobers they can't beat the local police force, let alone the US gov't-- in a firefight!

Have the Federal, State, & local gov'ts raise the taxes on each bullet till they cost $75.00 each!

  Make it mandatory for gun-owners to become expert marksmen, at their own expense. If they need more than a 10 round clip to bring down a couple of bad guys simply means the gun-nuts are lousy shooters to begin with!

  And lastly, let the gun-goobers whine their butts off!!

Dec 20, 2012 4:09PM
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everyone forgets the 2nd amendment is their to protect us from the gov't to all the people who want to take private guns lets ask the the people in
germany under Hitler 13 million murdered
Russia under Stalin 25 million murdered
Cambodia under Pol Pot 2 million murdered 25% of the population
the kurds, the armenians and all the other dictators around the world
thats why the United States does not have a king and will never have a dictator
remember why Japan did not invade the US as Adm. Yamato said their is a gun behind every door.  today in Switzerland almost every home has automatic weapons and the Israelis are armed to the teeth at home.


Dec 20, 2012 4:09PM
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Please do not!  Leave me at the mercy of the insane!  I have the right to defend myself in all circumstanses!

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