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 3:54PM
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Don't shop at Walmart and Dicks.  Guns are not the problem. 
Dec 20, 2012 3:54PM
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And this is why i buy my guns at WalMart.  What a bunch of pussies
Dec 20, 2012 3:53PM
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 think we should Band car to Do you know how many people are killed every year from drunk drivers?
Dec 19, 2012 4:48PM
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after reading all the negative comments, some people really need to look at their own thinking, here we are judging those who are trying to do something, even talking about it, trying to find a solution.  Instead of the negative comments or suggesting ways for the next mass killling why not input suggestions of what can be done? ok, taking the guns away won't solve the problem, then what? what are your suggestions? arm everyone, everywhere? metal detectors at malls, schools, churches? find a solution people.  The last thing the victims of these killers are negative comments. Have some sensitivity.  No one will ever solve anything arguing or badgering the people who are really trying to do something.  I admire these retailers, even though they are risking losing money they are being respectful to the victims and to a lot of people, parents, family members, children that like me are in fear something of the magnitude of CT will happen again at any moment... 
Dec 19, 2012 3:02PM
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The frothing at the mouth anti-gun politicians will cram their laws down our throats just as the did with the health care law. Rights? You have no rights!

Pull down your pants, bend over and hope they use some KY jelly. They are getting ready to stick it to us again, it is going to hurt like a Mother F'er, and there is nothing we can do about it. Because men with brass balls long since given way to wimps like us.

Please sir, may I have another!

Dec 19, 2012 1:22PM
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I would like to hear what the NRA has to say this Friday.  However, the NRA has spent the last four years conducting a campaign of non stop personal vilification against the president.  He was reelected inspire of this.  Has the NRA so poisoned the waters that serious proposals cannot be discussed?  As for the political far right,  there is more than a bit of craziness out there.  All the talk of "second amendment solutions" does not win an argument in a democracy.  So....shut the f*** up.  And that also means you Mr. smart **** talk show host who have stoked up the rage in this country so that no civil discourse can take place and more than a few of our more deluded citizens have acted on the fear and paranoia you so carefully nurtured.  I am an NRA member and a shooter and I don't want to see my rights eroded by a bunch of semi-literate idiots who think that the end of world is coming and if you don't have a basement full of ammunition you will not be able to fend off the zombies lurking at the local multiplex cinema.  Last time I looked there were no zombies at the Danbury Mall. Part of the problem is that a culture of rationalized violence has been unleashed on this country.  Well now we are all going to pay the price for it from the cemeteries of Newtown, Connecticut to the shooting ranges of the entire country.  Even before we start banning this gun or that we need a serious change in attitude.  It's really not alright to kill a politician you don't like or a doctor whose practice of medicine offends you.  Wake up before there is a big white space where the second amendment once was.
Dec 19, 2012 1:19PM
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Guns are not the problem; neither is alcohol, cars, drugs. Liberals like to lay blame to material objects.  They are afraid of the truth.  When Andrew Kehoe used dynamite to blow up that school in Michigan in 1927, people didn’t blame the dynamite.  They blamed Andrew Kehoe.  Today’s media reverses it; they twist the story, word to sound like that poor man was a victim.  The gun made him do it. 

What if he walked into a kindergarten classroom with a baseball bat? Would the death toll be any less?  A baseball bat is a lot quieter than a gun and doesn’t need reloading.  No matter what material object was used to cause this tragedy, it was a dysfunctional human that caused it.  If it’s not a gun it will be something else.

“Wake up America”

 

Dec 19, 2012 12:55PM
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It doesn't matter if it's guns, or box cutters, or fertilizer. Evil always finds a way.
Dec 19, 2012 10:54AM
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political correctness means people cannot put the nut jobs away.  instead we want to put guns away?  sad evolution
Dec 18, 2012 10:28PM
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Take away a nations ability to defend themselves and you will wind up with a communist nation where the people are totally under government control. Look at what is taking place in seria right now and what was happening in Iran , uganda, mexico, Libya and countless other countries. If you think 20 helpless children was bad think of all the children murdered by the germans in wwll that never had a chance in life  and then think of what could happen to your children and you if some bunch of fanatics were able to take over this nation with the sole purpose of killing every american over here. Think back to 9/11 and and all those lost lives in those planes and towers. Yea keep depending on the government to protect you and yours when a foreign country  has invaded our soil if you want to take such a chance and just see how long your families will last  Lets just turn in our arms and send a message to the world to come and take what you want. How much dumber can we become in this nation? By the way if  our politicians are really concerned about children why are they allowing so many to be killed through abortions each year? I say it`s for a vote.  

Dec 18, 2012 10:08PM
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NRA and gun nuts aren't smart enough to realize that they, like most " home defenders" ,just shot themselves.   If they had  been reasonable about assault weapons and 30 round clips and accepted some regulation, there would not have been the coming legislation.  Even the most ardent gun lover will not stand on those 20 little bodies and say guns are good.   Now the government will regulate guns and like all regulation, it will overreach.  Just like Homeland security  expanded its bounds beyond protection to surveillance of private citizens, gun regulators will begin compiling  names of multi gun owners.  They already know who you are from your ISP and a hundred other ways, so when you lose your rights, just blame yourselves.
Dec 18, 2012 10:07PM
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So you say outlaw Hi cap mags.  That means I will just have to go out and buy 100 five round mags, 50 10 round mags.  It Takes me even less time to swap out five round mags and ten round mags that it does  30 round mags or 20 round mags. NOT!  I will also have to carry a bigger back pack to accomdate the additional rounds and mags.  I will still achieve my goal. It will just take me more mags to do it.  See how your plans are stupid.  It will have no affect on how many people are killed, it will just necessitate more mag changes in the process.
Dec 18, 2012 9:59PM
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Here is one place no one want to go. Why not change the laws that protect the medical professions that say you do not have to tell any one your treating some one who is  threat to society. Make a law that says they have to tell the Law in way or another so they can protect the public from this person, and get him some serious help.
Dec 18, 2012 9:57PM
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Personally I think most of the comments are hiding their real feelings on the subject so I will help them out.  "Many" of the comments on here (not all of them) are trying to say that everyone in this country should currently or very shortly have a gun on them at all times.  We should start arming our children at the very latest 5 y/o...after all how are they going to kill the bullies on the playground without a Mac-10 strapped to them.  All adults should be packing a .38 or .44 to defend themselves against their own children since their children have mac-10's.  I know I personally don't feel safe unless I see the minister on Sunday preaching thou shall not kill if he doesn't have sks assault rifle slung over his shoulder.  I sincerely hope we can get these "improvements" into place soon because the world is getting over-crowded and we really do need to exterminate a few more of these gun-toting, flag-waving, rednecks that think killing anything (men, women, children, deer, ducks, anything) is the coolest most arousing thing they can do.  

Or we could do something truly constructive and send all the pro-arms, gun supports over to our enemy countries (one-way ticket of course) to defend our country since they enjoy guns and killing so much.
Dec 18, 2012 9:55PM
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I wish the people would pull Congress from power.  I wish the FDA would pull the legal drug lords (drug makers) off their help list.  I wish the local legal drug dealers (drug stores) would pull almost everything they sell off the shelves and send it to the garbage dump where it can't hurt and addict people.  As I understand, before World War II, many doctors made their own medicines from plants, barks, etc.  Then, about WWII, some ignoramus decided they could cook up concoctions in a lab and doctors wouldn't have to do it.  Before WWII, doctors had time to make house calls.  Now, doctors are at full capacity, thanks to the addicting junk of the legal drug lords.  Rifles would be much safer if dumbash people weren't so drugged up on junk medicines!  I am sick of America and it's catering to the legal drug lords.  We have nobody in Congress with the balls to acknowledge the problem!!!
Dec 18, 2012 9:45PM
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So what if Wally World and ****s Sporting goods stop selling Assault rifles.  Never bought any of them from those AHs any way.  Only thing I ever bought firearms related from Wally World was cleaning supplies and ammo.  They don't have any more ammo either.  Went looking for 22LR and they were sold out.  They don't have anything I want ammo wise anyway.  I can get it on line cheaper any way.  Never bought a gun period from ****s Sporting goods.  I bought a 22 from Wally World last year but everything else I bought at a real gunshop.  Wally World doesn't deserve our firearms business any way.  Support your local gun shops.. THEY APPRECIATE IT, and besides, I can get pretty much anything I need firearms wise from my own suppliers, just use the gun shops as my transactors. No big deal. I pay them a reasonable fee and they take care of the rest. No muss,no fuss.  Sorry ****s and Wal mart, your loss is my gain.
Dec 18, 2012 9:41PM
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look  at china`s news, twenty kids stabed at one of their schools about the same time as the killing here.  you stop guns and knives

are used. they will find a way if they want to kill and be head line news     stop giveing they so much news coverage.

Dec 18, 2012 9:28PM
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more drugs...more alcohol is the answer
Dec 18, 2012 9:22PM
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Simple solution.  The Teacher Pension funds in America and elsewhere should divest any investments they have in gun manufacturing and ammo manufacturing companies until meaningful gun control laws are enacted.  These laws should not take away from hunters and sportsmen who are repsonsible people.  But, enough is enough with the flow of arms in the U.S and the killing of kids and others.  What kind of country allows?   Teacher groups should speak up with their divestment.  Money talks.  It worked in South Africa, it can work here.
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This is not a gun problem.  It's a mental health problem.  The worst mass shooting in this country's history was at Virginia Tech in 2007.  The shooter,  a Korean American student, used 2 pistols - a 22 caliber automatic and a 9 mm Glock automatic.  He never had a rifle.  Pulling rifles  from shelves is not the way to stop this.  Allocating money for psychiatric services is the way to stop it.
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