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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1574Comments
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.
Dec 20, 2012 5:48PM
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It makes me think why a woman who was trying to get help for her son would want to have thse guns in the house. I am not against gun's. im just against people who cant handle guns ..and no , people dont need an automatic riflle for hunting or any other sport other then mass killings of whatever it may be including humans
Dec 20, 2012 5:48PM
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Look at the highjackers on 9-11-01 these terrorist used no guns. 19 highjackers killed almost 3000 people that is about 150 kills per terrorist. Do you feel flying has become safer?
Dec 20, 2012 5:48PM
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Nobody has to give up their guns but don't we already have enough out there! I'll be shopping for my sporting goods at Dick's Sporting Goods. Thank you for truly respecting the lives lost and not the almighty dollar!
Dec 20, 2012 5:47PM
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Guns really should be the least of our worries. What will get us is the biological warfare with a 66% kill ratio. Our taxpayer dollars already funded that weapon and that barely made news. Who will we blame for those deaths? The chemicals, our government, or the overseas scientist that were paid the produce it. If we can pay to have it developed then other countries that hate us will pay to have it developed as well. All they'll need then is a person that doesn't value their life or any other life and then you'll see a real mass killing. When people don't value their own life or any other then their capable of anything with or without a gun.  
Dec 20, 2012 5:47PM
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Way back in the Great Depression we had a very thoughtful and clever American Icon. Will Rogers. he has been quoted and is still quoted, " Just be thankful we do not get all of the government we pay for" and that was back a few generations ago.

 

Gun control is not the problem, you can't fire a gun with out bullets. quit making bullets, gun powder, brass.  After all it is not the gun that does the damage it is the bullet.  

Dec 20, 2012 5:47PM
Dec 20, 2012 5:46PM
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I thought Republicans supported the ability for a company to make its own decision. Why are they suddenly against this? Are they anti-capitalist?
Dec 20, 2012 5:46PM
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"BillyJack55" I don't thinks it would solve the problem to euthanize the mentally ill but I bet sterilizing those unfit to reproduce might just do the trick.

Dec 20, 2012 5:45PM
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Dick's didn't need to stop selling AR's.....they were going to be out-of-stock in a day or two anyhow!
Dec 20, 2012 5:45PM
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Do any of you folks remember what brought this conversation to the forefront???????

 

Does any one remember how many people died at that school last week?  How many were children? Do you remember?  Can U provide one good argument that will make the parents feel better about assult rifles.

 

U don't hunt with assault rifles; U can defend yer house without multi round clips (get a baseball bat); U wouldn't take a gun to work would u?

 

There are places in America where guns do not belong and there are people who should not have access to them.  That is what the conversation is supposed to be about.  No one wants to take you single action, good hunting rifle away.  We just want the AR-15's and other automatic weapons and multi round clips to be off the market at Dick's and Cabelas and Walmart.

Dec 20, 2012 5:44PM
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anyone remember "RUBY RIDGE? WACO????? clear examples of overzealous government thugs would murdered  27 CHILDREN!
Dec 20, 2012 5:44PM
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Why can't people understand that bad people will find some way to murder innocent people without guns? Evil people will be evil, with or without guns. In Medieval times, there was plenty of killing, and there obviously weren't any guns. Guns, just like many things, can be useful and helpful if used in the confines of God. "Thou shalt not murder" That means with guns, knives, poison, or any other invention man comes up with.
Dec 20, 2012 5:43PM
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Numerous Australians have warned us in America that

the UN pushed to confiscate all guns in Australia as they

have in other countries.

 

They warn us not to allow this to happen in the U.S.

as they are all in great danger...not enough police and

criminals are running rampant killing and breaking into homes!!!

 

Hillary Clinton walked a UN Weapons ban treaty into Congress

for ratification this summer and it  was voted down.

She went back to the UN and they created a new UN Weapons Ban Treaty

that Hillary clearly stated she was taking directly to Obama and avoiding

Congress!!  She has undeniably committed an act of TREASON by walking

in such a document which clearly violates the Constitution.

 

The horrible murders of those innocent children was to get attn at Christmas

which would make great impact...in order to confiscate guns in America...

Mr. Lanza had NOTHING to do with those murders it was much higher up...

He was not capable to do all those murders

He is introverted and shy!!! 

 

BUT CIA frequently do it without any conscience

as they are high paid assassins that the American taxpayer pays for and

that is the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Dec 20, 2012 5:43PM
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If we want to institute some national standards for gun regulation, I can jump onboard for that.

 

But this gun ban proposed by Senator Feinstein, currently being called an "assault weapons ban"  is a deal breaker.

 

For one,  NOT ONE SINGLE DEMOCRAT was out there on the stump campaigning on a gun ban platform. Now, 5 weeks later that's exactly what has been put on the legislative agenda.

 

Had the Democrats run on the platform of banning guns, I would not have voted for them. So if the Democratic party wants to continue down this path of banning guns...I'm out. I know I'm not the only one too.

 

This gun ban is going to tear the Democratic Party apart and is going to hand every election to the Republican Party until such time as the gun-banning constituency which resides within the Democratic Party learns their lesson...which they obviously haven't. But they will, the only question is how much political damage they're willing incur before they learn...because Democrats like me will not vote Democratic so long as the Party believes that it's the gun-banners who are the ones who get them elected. 

Dec 20, 2012 5:43PM
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A gun is a gun. A .22 long rifle single shot will kill someone just as fast as an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine. What makes an assault weapon an assault weapon anyways? If I have a Marlin semi auto 22 that has magazine of 18 rounds and an AR-15 with a magazine of 10 rounds which is worse? The AR-15 right? Why? Because it looks different? Because it resembles the M-16?
 Society needs to wake up and realize that a gun is just a gun. Just like a car is a car, just have differnt makes and models.
Dec 20, 2012 5:43PM
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The Mother had enough money to buy a decent safe for all of her weapons. She should have never trained or made available a weapon to a mentally disturbed son. The son didn't buy or register the weapons but stole them and his brothers identity. Any criminal can steal a gun and use it. He can steal it from a cop or military man. Should we take away guns from every responsible person that has bought, registered and trained legally to handle a gun? The teachers and principle should have been armed. The 2nd amendment guarantees us the right to own and use these weapons to protect us from take over by the United Nations and the 500000 troops they presently have on our soil. Taking our military weapons away leaves us open to invasion from within. The Nazi/Communist/Capitalist are here so beware and stand fast on them treading on this last and most important right.
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