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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Dec 20, 2012 6:03PM

First off: these stores did not remove the guns because the are done selling them forever or making a political stance. Read the article. "The company said it took those actions out of respect for the victims and their families in this time of national mourning.". So quit throwing Wal-Mart and dicks under the bus for being respectful to the families.

Second: Obama and other politicians that are using this tragedy to further their political agendas make me sick. It should be a time of quiet for the town and affected individuals, not a time to blow up the media to get what you want.

Finally: I own a few guns of different types and know a LOT of people who own guns and use them for hunting, target practice, and home security. Guns give me the ability to protect myself from someone who wants to do harm to me of my family. If someone tries to break into my home with a weapon and the intention to harm me or my family I can protect myself. Removing guns from law abiding citizens just makes good, law abiding citizens victims of preventable crimes. It is too late to remove the threat of guns so preventing good people from getting them is a ignorant idea.

Dec 20, 2012 6:02PM
Those that will pound their Arm's into plow's /  will become slave's to those that will not......
Dec 20, 2012 6:01PM

Its been confirmed Lanza only had Semi Auto Pistols on him ... No rifles.. the rifles were still in the trunk of his car...


Dec 20, 2012 6:01PM

Obama has a full compliment of body guards with fully automatic weapons. When is he going to order them to give them up???

Dec 20, 2012 6:01PM

"Cabela's meanwhile, has stocked up on guns and ammunition heading into the fourth quarter"

Excellent!  Now I will do all my shopping at Cabela's and avoid Penis' Sporting Goods.

Dec 20, 2012 6:01PM
Why are we not holding GM and Ford accountable for the loss of life in DUI accidents caused by people mis useing their product. DUI kills far more people on a daily basis, it doesnt make the nighytly news so it must not be that big of a problem  
Dec 20, 2012 6:01PM

What is tomorrow?  Dec. 21/12.... we all be gone by night fall. and gun won't matter, nor will the price of gas, or Bama care or tax's,

OMG, what is this world coming too...THE END? See you on the other side...... Ha,Haa 

Dec 20, 2012 6:00PM

Just the facts here:


Search on YouTube:


Innocents Betrayed - The True Story of Gun Control WorldWide.


I know there is a problem, but this video can not be denied.

Dec 20, 2012 5:59PM


Why do you nuts think Gun control is banning your personal gun that you keep under your bed for protection?...I mean I wouldn't have one but gun control is banning guns that make it easy for people to kill multiple people at a time...why do you not comprehend this? no one is going to take your rifle away so you can play in the woods and shoot bunny rabbits or the one you have under your pillow...Geesh we need some common sense when someone can have multiple guns and stockpiles of weapons WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 20, 2012 5:59PM

The modern sporting rifle, based on the AR-15 platform, is

widely misunderstood. Why? Confusion exists because though these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. Also, groups wanting to ban these rifles have for years purposely or through ignorance spread misinformation about them to aid their cause.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation asks you to be an informed gun owner and to use the following facts to correct misconceptions about these rifles. Remember, that if AR-

15-style modern sporting rifles are banned, your favorite traditional-looking hunting or target shooting semi-auto- matic firearm could be banned, too.

#8112 2.5M GMP


• AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today’s modern sporting rifle.

• The AR in "AR-15" rifle stands for Armalite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. "AR" does NOT stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle."

• AR-15-style rifles are NOT "assault weapons" or "assault rifles." An assault rifle is fully automatic—a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.

• If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an "assault weapon," he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Please correct them. "Assault weapon" is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.

• AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi- automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger.

• Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.

• Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predeces- sors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.

• These rifles’ accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.

• Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40 and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.

• These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches.

• AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.

• The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different "uppers" (the barrel and chamber) to the "lower" (the grip, stock).

• And, they are a lot of fun to shoot!

• More facts are available at

Dec 20, 2012 5:58PM
We seem to forget that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Where were the trigger locks on this Mom's gun collection? Why weren't these weapons locked away from a mentally ill person? I am a life member of the NRA and used to collect weapons that would make the bushmaster look like a pop gun. I never ever fired those guns except at a legal licensed gun range. We do need some stricter gun control, much better care for the mentally ill, and a lot more common sense.
Dec 20, 2012 5:58PM

who wants to buy a gun from Wal-mart or Dick`s anyways?  

Dec 20, 2012 5:58PM
You want laws that WORK?? Here - if you commit a crime and you have a firearm IN YOUR POSSESSION, ANY CRIME - 25 years Mandatory, no parole, PERIOD!  If you commit a crime and point a firearm at someone during the commission of the crime - LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, Period!!  If you commit a crime and discharge a weapon during the commission of the crime (whether or not you injure/kill anyone) Death Penalty, PERIOD!  Now here's the part most judges and politicians seem to have problems understanding - YOU HAVE TO ENFORCE THE LAW...
Dec 20, 2012 5:58PM
If banning guns is the answer then why is Chicago so screwed up.  It seems that the toughest city to own a gun has the highest crime rate.  The criminals run roughshod over law enforcement and the legal-political system.  Go figure, I'll keep my gun and take my chances.
Dec 20, 2012 5:57PM

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 5:57PM
Cabela's...the only retail sporting chain WITH a brain!!
Dec 20, 2012 5:57PM
would someone please take a picture of all the writing on these rifles and highlight where it says "assault rifle".  They are semi-automatic sporting rifles chambered in either .223 or 5.56mm NATO.  Firearms lovers must not keep letting the press and the president and all his cronies use these words "assault rifle" to enrage and scare the general population that doesn't know any better.
Dec 20, 2012 5:57PM
Ok, so, I've taken Wal-Mart and Dick's off of my list of stores to shop at.  This is because they've shown how stupid they are.  Hey Wal-Mart, I heard last week that someone killed his wife with a hammer, guess you'll have to pull those too.  Face it, if you pull everything off the shelf that can be lethal you'll have a bunch of empty shelves.  It's not the tool, it's the user that needs to be pulled off the shelf.
Dec 20, 2012 5:57PM

After 9/11 we got the following

TSA( everybody gets searched even little kids)

Bullet Proof doors on all Airplanes

Homeland Security

More Boarder patrol Agents

Air Marshals( Might I add that the air marshals are armed and stand as a deterrent)


so Why can't our schools at least have

Security Guards

Panic Buttons


does not seem much to ask for

Dec 20, 2012 5:55PM
While I agree with defpotec that there are underlying issues related to the reason why persons will commit mass murder and that guns are not the only weapons available, it does make it easier to grab a gun or two and shoot the targets. the others methods you refered as examples are more difficult to execute (pardon the pun) and may attract attention which could prevent the attack.
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