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 4:53PM
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Look at the Terrorists, if they cannot get a gun they will find a way to destroy what they think is evil. The Devil is a destroyer , that is what drives this kind of violence. No belief in God or proper Christian upbringing and look what happens. Gun Control will not solve this issue, bringing back God into our society will. Please , there is not much time left, all we have is each other! Bring back the honor, stop abortion,stop gay marrige and the legalization of drugs. I truely weep for this country which was once great. Taking guns away will just make it worse. Please Pray for our freedom!!!!!
Dec 20, 2012 4:52PM
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I just dont understand why gun nuts are so mad at dicks.....I thought they liked them.
Dec 20, 2012 4:52PM
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There is no way to stop unlawful people from getting a firearm. If they want one, they will get it. Most likely from off the street. You & I both know that! There's not going to be an easy way out, but I expect congress to come up with the usual tit tat to keep themselves elected. OH! and this gives all the commentators on radio and TV ammo to talk about it. Down inside, do you think they really care about victums? The liberals want to advance their ajenda anyway they can!

Dec 20, 2012 4:52PM
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Experts Agree: Gun Control Works

Experts like Chairman Mao, Adolph Hitler, Kim Jung il, Fidel Castro and Benito Mussolini all agree: gun control works just like it's supposed to.

The first thing dictators do to make it easy to enforce their agenda upon the peoples of their countries is to confiscate the weapons of the people. In order to prevent this from happening here in "America" and to protect the rest of the amendments in the "Constitution" the Fathers of our country created the "2nd Amendment". So, even if one hates weapons, it would be wise for one to protect the "2nd Amendment in order to preserve the freedoms they have here in the "Good Ole U.S.A." and the rest of the world wishes they still had because they didn't have our marvel of human history, the "Constitution".

Peace.

Dec 20, 2012 4:51PM
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God forgive us, we have turned our backs to you. It's strange how people want to believe in God, but don't realize this killing is the work of the devil. This country has treated God like he should be setting in the back row. The further you get away from God, the closer the devil moves in. We need to get God in the front set and keep him their ! We are taking him out of our lives. When something like this happens, we' say WHY GOD, WHY ?   When we should be saying ( before it happens ), NO DEVIL< NO ! Bless All
Dec 20, 2012 4:51PM
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Not selling guns in Conn. Is just stupid. Guns didn't kill these people, a mentally ill person did because the guns were in easy access. Treat the mental illness first, then educate people on gun safety and safes and trigger locks. This kid's Mom paid with her life. Let's address the elephant in the room. Where's the Dad? How much time did the Mom spend with her kid? What drugs was he taking, prescribed or otherwise? Who paid attention to the warning signs that this kid had problems? Our forefathers put our 2nd Amendment rights in place to insure we as citizens, could protect ourselves from tyranny and crime within our country.No one, including our government, has the right to remove or change our constitutional rights. You can have my weapons when you pry them from my cold dead hands. GOD BLESS AMERICA
Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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Sounds like I will be shopping at  Cabela's for X-Mas

Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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Isn't this real funny....Our Great Obama administration at it's finest.

 

Last year the Federal Government is implicated in a gun running scheme.

 

Now the Federal Government want to get involved in gun control.

 

Then alas....You get your picture on the cover of time magazine "Man of the year"....We really got it together don't we?

Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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why do we not focus on the government and the military arms and weapons they are selling all over the world and today. Most right into the hands of our enemies. How many billions now trillions of dollars of guns were sold in America, well in the last month, this criminal government just sold 600 billion dollars worth to our enemies and their Muslim brotherhood. So tell me people, why is our government Arming for WARS instead of feeding people, Why has our government become the biggest ARMs and weapons dealer in the world in the last five years. TWO faces do as I say not as I do criminal politicians and their contracted cronies. If we ban guns in America, lets ban this criminal government from selling them too.. WE THE PEOPLE have the power, NOT all these thefts and WAR dealers.
Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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What we need to do is test everybody past the age of 10 and determine their mental state and put the defecient ones down before they can menace society. It's as good an answer as politicains wanting to take away brainless guns that sit for years and never harm a soul till that certain mentally defecient that slipped through the test takes it and slaughters a bunch of people preferably politicians.
Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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Experts Agree: Gun Control Works

Experts like Chairman Mao, Adolph Hitler, Kim Jung il, Fidel Castro and Benito Mussolini all agree: gun control works just like it's supposed to.

The first thing dictators do to make it easy to enforce their agenda upon the peoples of their countries is to confiscate the weapons of the people. In order to prevent this from happening here in "America" and to protect the rest of the amendments in the "Constitution" the Fathers of our country created the "2nd Amendment". So, even if one hates weapons, it would be wise for one to protect the "2nd Amendment in order to preserve the freedoms they have here in the "Good Ole U.S.A." and the rest of the world wishes they still had because they didn't have our marvel of human history, the "Constitution".

Peace.

Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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Second Amendment - " A well-regulated militia being necessary....".  The gun proponents seem to miss this intro to the amendment.  Also, the Bill of Rights was passed  when the Nation was quite afraid of Pres. Madison's push to establish a national religion just a few years after our Revolution.  It was intended as a means of a "well-regulated militia".
Dec 20, 2012 4:50PM
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One more time.  Guns do not kill people, and if you locked up all people and left the guns, no one would get shot.  take them off the shelf and the only people with guns are the bad guys, and we are left with no defense.

 

Dec 20, 2012 4:49PM
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" to make sure we are the easiest, fastest place to shop for your firearms purchases"

"fastest place to get a gun" would have been enough. And enough said.

Dec 20, 2012 4:49PM
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Absolutely correct - This nut-nut wanted to go out with his name in headlines.  If he had no access to guns, he could have just-as-easily taken the keys to his mom's vehicle and run-down all the children in a school recess yard.  Limiting access to guns for law abiding common citizens is WRONG on all levels.   Having "No Gun Zone" schools just advertizes where to target for the next nut-nut.
Dec 20, 2012 4:49PM
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This whole mess is about mental illness, not guns!!! If the NRA would get behind backing for mental health legislation we might just get somewhere. We need more services, more hospitals, rather than using our prison systems for the mentally ill. Get your gun wielding friends behind this cause and the gun issue will go away.
Dec 20, 2012 4:48PM
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Would anyone have a problem with giving Veterans a job at our schools? Posting a veteran at schools with a weapon would make these nuts think twice before targeting a school!
Dec 20, 2012 4:48PM
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Meth is outlawed, but my state is one of the highest producers of it in the country. That being said, does Biden really believe he can make guns magically disappear by making them illegal? If so, he is living in a dreamland and as a result, more innocents will be gunned down, tax dollars, and energy wasted on a dead end political agenda that sees an opportunity for it's own personal gain. Biden needs to come back to earth, wake up to reality and pass legislation for better management and care of mental illness issue, not guns!
Dec 20, 2012 4:48PM
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the problem is not guns. Assuming we could take away the ability to have them as non felony-commiting citzens (Protected by the second ammendment, in turn protected by the 10th), what would we do then? Guns arent the problem. the problem is the immature handling of guns. Columbine was bad control, this was bad gun control. the guns in Sandy Hook should not have been accessable to the shooter, plain and simple. but the guns themselves were not the core of the problem. if there werent guns, he could have stabbed them like in China. then theyd have died slower and more painfully.

 

im ranting, but enough.

Dec 20, 2012 4:47PM
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My E-mail to FOX News, although it applies to all of the media outlets:

To whom it may concern,

STOP IT! Newtown, Columbine, etc. These events are virtually ALL YOUR FAULT! Stop turning loser **** loners into superheroes whose names are household words. Some troubled loner kid with mental issues who in the past may have chosen to kill himself and become nothing m...ore than a local story can now be a household name; lionized in the nation’s history. "Yeah they will all finally know who I am!!!" he'll think to himself. When we’re dealing with day after day 24hrs of NEWTOWN TRAGEDY on TV, How can you and the rest of the media not realize that you are the driving force behind much of these mass shootings? The real tragedy in all of this is you have sold your souls for ratings and money.

Fox news I realize is not responsible for 911, or Syria, the fiscal cliff, etc. This is a different story. Here you have some direct connection to the next guy who will try to one-up this event as he goes for "the record" in attempt at going out in the next blaze of glory. He'll be expecting his own 24/7 coverage, with his own “tragedy graphics”, and “theme music” on all the major media outlets. His face will be all over the internet, his every utterance since birth analyzed, and Shepard Smith or Greta Van Sustren talking about him like they were old friends. The President of the United States will talk about him on live TV and millions around the globe will know and marvel at what he has done. You’ve interviewed 8 year olds at the scene of this shooting. How heartless is that?! The coverage is disgusting and exploitative.

Who pays for this in the end? Who pays for your epic ratings and "scoop"? WE DO! My children in school, the teachers who have to worry if their classrooms are safe, and the community at large all have to worry about the next disturbed attention whore because you made the last one a celebrity! I have a gun safe with a few weapons. What will I and millions of other law abiding Americans do when you have sensationalized us into gun control frenzy and the ATF shows up at our doors to collect up semi-automatic weapons? What will the unseen consequences be from your irresponsible reporting? Some people will not willingly give up their guns. Will thousands of people again be killed in an effort to collect these guns? Think of the ratings from this. WOW! You will make millions. The coverage by my favorite media outlet, FOX; and all the other networks has been disgusting and put the American people in danger from the next mentally unstable loner nut job. You should be ashamed.

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