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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1569Comments
Dec 20, 2012 5:54PM
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Cabelas did not stop selling, they stocked up.  Read before you type.

They triedbanning before and it didn't do a thing to slow the murder rate. Our country has spawned

a teen thru 20 something culture that feels everything should be handed to them on a silver

platter.  They sit on their butts and play violent video games all day, have no idea where a church is

and could give 2 cents about anyone but themselves.  I should back up and say not all but a good majority seem to fit the picture.  Parents, turn off the video games, get your kids around a dinner table

at least once a day and GO TO CHURCH!

Dec 20, 2012 5:54PM
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are we pulling parents who have no intention of being a good parent to raising a child the correct way or are we going to continue the society of having people having babies who have no idea how to raise a child the right way,  The US is just allowing people to have babies who have no means to support them, have no idea what is right and wrong, who only teach hand outs. Yep take away the guns and only the Kenyans thugs will have them. I know the Black Panthers are not giving theirs up are they? He never even mentioned them having them on NATIONAL TV did he. He overlooked that. They are allowed to have them. Just because a parent did not comitt her son to the PSYCHO Ward is no reason to take away everyones guns. We also need to take away knives, axes, oh yes Fertilizer, clay, gasoline, cars, the list goes on and on. If some idiot wants to do this they will you idiots.
Dec 20, 2012 5:53PM
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Why are drugs banned? Criminals still get them.

Drugs don't kill people, people using drugs do.

Why does the gun crowd support drug bans?

Dec 20, 2012 5:53PM
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Obama would have taken our guns in his first term but one thing stopped him.He knew that if he started trying to disarm Americans his chance of being reelected was nil.It looks like we are in trouble by his reelection.But we cant blame no one but ourselves.The sheep in this country killed the lions by putting this loser back in power.
Dec 20, 2012 5:53PM
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I definitely agree that owing guns is not the only reason that triggers the tragedy.  But living in a gun-free enviroment , esp. starting from childhood,  helps to minimize exposure to violence and to form a more peaceful way of thinking.  There are always crazy person do crazy things, but without guns the crime they commit will be downscaled!
Dec 20, 2012 5:52PM
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A few years ago a distraught  man drove his two ton Cadillac through a fence and onto a playground mowing down children. The news storing was relegated to some middle pages. No tearful President, no flags at half mast, no front page news. Did those children deserve less than the Newtown victims or was it because of the manner in which they were slaughtered that didn't rate sensationalism? Where was the cry to ban assault Cadillac's? When the Indianapolis Police Department wanted to arm themselves with M-16s (fully automatic) and other fully automatic weapons the newspaper reported that they wanted "military style rifles" to have the same fire power as the criminal element. More power to them to defend the streets. It's just that the hypocrisy burns me.
Dec 20, 2012 5:52PM
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So what if there were no man made weapons on the planet, are we so far gone as a species that it would bring an end o our world? Does it bring joy to kill? If this is the case then we are pretty much toast anyway.
Dec 20, 2012 5:51PM
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Dicks and Walmart only carries junk anyways.  You have to go to a gun shop and buy something that is at least 30 years old to get a gun worth buying.  I was in the Army in the late 90's we used the M-16A2 which the AR-15 is model after.  The M-16A2 is a piece of junk and so is the AR-15.  By the way the AR-15 is not an assualt rifle.  It only looks like one... It is an semi-auto that fires a .223 round.  Not even close to being an assualt weapon.  That classification should go to a fully automatic that fires a 7.62 round or larger. 

 

To those who don't beleive that we should own such weapons I just have to say (and you can call me a crazy nut bag but history can prove me right) eventually we as private citizans are going to have to protect ourselves from our government.  If they have all the weapons we stand no chance.  Simple handguns, shotguns, and rifles won't do it.

Dec 20, 2012 5:51PM
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I've got a custom 1000 yard rifle being built as I type this. As far as firearms in my collection, the new rifle will make number 37.

That is not including my legally owned NFA firearms and items such as, 

2 submachine guns

1 shoulder fired machinf gun

1 belt-fed machine gun

4 suppressors (silencers for the uninformed masses)

 

I'm not wealthy enough to own rockets, mortars, or any such thing. Maching guns are expensive enough to feed. Thanks to the government making newly-made automatic weapons non-transferrable, I put 2 kids through college for a $20,000 1983 investment in automatic weapons.

 

The government goes after weapons that LOOK like assault weapons. The real automatic weapons became excellent money makers for those that understand the government is stupid.

Dec 20, 2012 5:51PM
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I'm all for laws restricting gun ownership. I don't get why they don't require psych evals to purchase one. And what the hell does anyone other than soldiers need assualt rifles for? Don't tell me deer are going to be shooting back at you. However, I do see the failings of restrictive laws. Drugs are illegal, yet a billion dollar industry. As history has shown, and even the last Batman movie, to defend good people from crime, you don't need to build bigger walls to try and stop it. You need a bigger stick to crush it. Give the police more power. The patriot act was a good start, but more is needed for responsible people to protect the innocent from the reckless. 
Dec 20, 2012 5:51PM
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What about Video War games,Video Games with full of Killings etc.

That its normal to sell to kids and after few years people is surprised why some sick kid killing innocent people?

Dec 20, 2012 5:50PM
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All gun enthusiasts need to read some of the hysterical and ignorant rants of those who agree with you.  You need to be careful who you align with. You need to separate yourself from the kooks.  Don't use their language or arguments, don't allow them to speak for you -- they are the ones we (gun opponents) mistrust -- they sound like lunatics and certainly not people we would trust with a weapon of any kind.  I do not want to abuse anyone's Constitutional right, nor do I want to take guns away from responsible lawful gun-owners.  What I want is simply a reasonable level of safety -- not total assurance of forever/never -- just a serious effort to keep assault weapons out of reach of the criminal/crazies.  When so many of you post ridiculous rants -- do you really think that helps your cause????  I really want to hear from the people who say -- "Okay, so this makes you uncomfortable -- so let's figure out what would make you feel safer, without taking away my rights".  That tells me we are looking for win/win and not domination.
Dec 20, 2012 5:50PM
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Now the small Gun shops have a chance.

We need NUT CONTROL, not GUN CONTROL.

There are plenty of companies that make GUN SAFES.

Dec 20, 2012 5:49PM
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If guns kill people...than

Pencels make people misspell words

Cars make people drive drunk

And spoons made Rosie O'donnell fat.....Right

 

Liberal Logic.

Dec 20, 2012 5:49PM
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WOW!!!!! Couldnt Say this anybetter. The name on the writer was "Shinelight".

As a Christian, I sadly agree that the Church has not been doing its job in our society. We have been too busy living the American life and chasing after the same vain things that the rest of this dying world has been pursuing. This self-serving lukewarm attitude has neglected our responsibility not only to tell, but to also to demonstrate the reality of the love of God and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ who has made eternal life a reality for all who choose to believe and follow Him. That said, I do believe that America's problem is a spiritual one.

In our soul-searching over this tremendous loss in Connecticut, may we truly be willing to look at what has happened to our nation, once founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. Gun violence is merely a symptom of a far worse sickness that is afflicting us as a people. We live in a society that has determined that there should be no such thing as God-given truth. We have elevated a philosophy that everyone can do what is right in their own eyes and things will continue to go along well, and even get better. How could we ever have duped ourselves into thinking that the God of the Bible is no longer needed for us to function as a healthy society?

Since the 1960’s, we have pushed God out of our schools, out of our government, out of our stores, out of our public squares, out of our press, out of our marriages and out of our families. We have even pushed Him out of some of our churches. We have twisted the original intention of the separation of Church and State and purged His ways from being our guide for living. We have set ourselves on a mission to silence the God of the Bible, as we pursue our pleasures and vain pursuits of life. Our entertainment industry is now driven by sexual immorality and extreme violence and we flock to watch it, intoxicated by perversion. We are rapidly losing sight of what a healthy family looks like anymore. We try to remedy this by creating redefinitions of what a family is. Then we somehow are surprised when the offspring of our redefinitions turn on us in revenge. While shocked by the loss of these precious school children this past week, there seems to be little concern over the 3,000,000 innocent unborn children whose lives we passively allow to be snuffed out every year by our abortion industry. Since 1973, we now are missing 1/8 of our nation’s population due to our self-serving use of abortion, and yet, we shamelessly continue to push forward in this, even supporting the use of tax dollars to take more innocent lives. Because we, as a nation, have refused to stop this genocide, we now have the blood of all of these innocent ones on our hands!

Mere gun control is not the answer to cure the woes of America. We are sick and dying in spirit, soul and body. We must end our hostility toward the only One who has our remedy. We must admit that we are the problem. We have created the culture that is now breaking down. It is not God's fault. We have chosen to ignore His ways. Our condition is critical and it is high time for us to turn back to Him and His Truth. He, alone, offers what we truly need to heal our land.
Dec 20, 2012 5:49PM
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FIRST WE TOOK PRAYER AWAY FROM OUR SCHOOL. THEN WE LET THE LIBERALS TAKE AWAY CORPORAL PUNISHMENT FROM SCHOOL AND NOW YOU WANT TO TO TAKE OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHT.!! NO, WHAT WE REAL NEED IS TO PUNISH THE MURDERS, MOLESTER AND RAPEST THE WAY IT WOULD MEAN SOMETHING NOT JUST A SLAP ON THE HAND DECLARE THEM UNFIT AND PUT THE AWAY FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. IF A PERSON COMMITS ONE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CRIMES  DON'T GIVE THEM A TRAIL JUST EXECUTE THEM THAT WOULD CUT DOWN OUR JAIL POPULATION AND AT THE SAME TIME SEND A MESSAGE OUT THAT WE (LAW ABIDING CITIZENS) MEAN BUSINESS. OUR PUNISHMENT DOESN'T FIT THE CRIME. WE ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE CRIMINALS RIGHTS THEN THE RIGHTS OF THE OF THE VICTIMS. GUN DON'T KILL CHILDREN PEOPLE AND IDIOTS KILL PEOPLE
Dec 20, 2012 5:49PM
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Pulling them from the shelves all right. This might be good PR but does anybody think they are going to destroy them? No, they will end up somewhere at a much higher price than when they were on the shelf there. I was in my local shop this morning to get a can of powder to reload with, and the shelves were almost bare. People that don't have a semi auto right now are in a panic, many willing to pay whatever it takes.
Dec 20, 2012 5:49PM
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Look beyond this tragedy and know that the government will continue to have military weapons developed and produced, thus they will be available and it will be because the federal government wants new more advanced weapons of mass destruction. Who is going to pay for this development and production? Why you are American tax-paying public. You will not be able to escape the gun development and production model that is dictated by Washington. Look beyond this tragedy and buy firearms stock because the U.S. government is going to continue to place orders for new weapons of mass destruction. You might as well know that the U.S. government is going to continue creating dirty little wars for various reasons. Those dirty little wars are where new and advanced weapons of mass destruction are tested. Until there is no war there will be no development and production of weapons of mass destruction. Read and understand your history to see what I say is true. Just saying and just informing.
Dec 20, 2012 5:49PM
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Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and injured 500 others.... What was his gun of choice??? He did not use a gun. If someone is going to go on a rampage and kill people they will find a way to do so. They do not need guns to do this. Banning assault rifles or any guns is not the answer.
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