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 18, 2012 3:43PM
I'd like to know where they are being clearance out.  Would not mind picking up a few.....
Dec 18, 2012 3:41PM

As my husband likes to say when something like this happens, it's not a hardware problem, it's a software problem.  The problem isn't the gun, it's the person holding it.  Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns will do nothing to deter criminals.  As JerseyAl says, what happened when we outlawed drugs? Alcohol?


People have been killing each other since Cain brained Abel with a rock.  What now; we outlaw rocks?  The Murrah Federal Building in Oklaholma City was blown up using a bomb made of fertilizer and desiel fuel.  I could go on, but why bother?  Just don't expect to see us drinking Obama's Kool-Aid at the local NRA chapter meeting.

Dec 18, 2012 3:32PM
Wrong!!! They are NOT assault rifles! Those are already illegal! Check your facts before you write crap!
Dec 18, 2012 3:32PM

More Guns, More Guns, More Guns !!!


Children are being murdered, the next one could be yours.

Dec 18, 2012 3:18PM
Guns do not kill people, other people do!
Dec 18, 2012 3:12PM
"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,"

This makes it sound as if he used a fully-automatic version.  He did not. 
Dec 18, 2012 3:10PM
There is no one solution to the problem but a good place to start is by making all guns "smart", i.e. make it impossible through technology which already exists for anyone other than the registered owner to discharge the weapon (pass the cost for this on to the consumer who wants the gun); this will not stop all incidents but a significant number of shootings seem to be perpetrated by individuals (as in this case and Columbine) who are not the actual registered owners of the guns involved. Another thought is to make purchase of any firearm contingent upon the purchase of a very expensive strict liability insurance policy, renewable on a regular basis; again, this will not stop all senseless carnage but we need to place limits, consistent with the Constitution, on the purchase and use of firearms; guns at present are too cheap and too deadly, an unacceptably bad combination for the society in which we live.
Dec 18, 2012 3:08PM

lets have them turn their semi and full automatic gums in for muskets and give everyone a musket voila viva the

SECOND AMENDMENT WHEN LAW WAS WRITTEN let the supreme court chew on that

Dec 18, 2012 3:07PM
The nra notice small caps for small people has promoted death by supporting automatic assault weapons they need to be called to task they have blood on their hands 20 small people in conn. NOBODY NEEDS AASAULT WEAPON TO HUNT
Dec 18, 2012 2:53PM

"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 AR15 IS a semiautomatic rifle.  They are all semiautomatic.  I wish the people that want to write anti-gun articles would at least familiarize themselves with their topics.  The implication is that the gun Lanza used was full-auto.  More inaccurate information that spreads fear.



I can understand why the big retailers would run for cover.  It's such a small part of their business anyway.  Not worth the hassle for them. Joe's corner gun store doesn't care if you picket him.  It would probably be good for business.



Dec 18, 2012 2:44PM
I'm a gun owner, responsible. I have a gun- safe and use my weapons in a safe and teaching way with my children. They are grown now and know the dangers of weapons and how to use them in safe and responsible way. I don't have any problem with controlling assault weapons, but we shouldn't stop there. We need comprehensive care for those with serious mental health problems. We need to control, in  a much better way, movies, games and sports that exposes children to unnecessary violence and place strict restrictions on what they can view.  Movie shows should be responsible for policing there venue or being closed down and fined just like liquor stores. We, and most importantly our children have become desensitized to bullying, violence and crude behavior. We need a major overhaul in this country.
Dec 18, 2012 2:40PM

Today a law-abing citizen, tomorrow a mass-murderer or the mother, father, brother or sister of a mass-murderer!

Dec 18, 2012 2:33PM
Why should anyone have the right to tell me what kind of gun I can have. The simple fact that I want what I want is good enough. No one is told what kind of car they can drive when lets face all you really need is a reliable vehicle to get you from point A to point B. Also why are there so many different types of alcohol, how fast does someone really need to get drunk. My point is freedom of choice is the only freedom we really have left. when you start allowing the government to take away that choice we are no longer free. I don't believe that someone should be told what kind of drink they can have or what kind of car they can drive so don't tell me what kind of gun I can own. By the way the reason I used alcohol and cars as the only example because when you combine both they kill more people then any and every gun that is put into civilian hands.
Dec 18, 2012 2:28PM
guns dont kill people, people kill people. it dont matter what gun was used where, it matters who used it and why. if you have a gun at your house then you better make sure that it is locked in a safe and has a trigger lock on it too.
Dec 18, 2012 2:27PM
The denser the population of democrats, the higher the crime and murder rates. Yet its the democrats that want gun control. Its the libtards screaming for control that fight tooth and nail for abortion. Its the libtards that want gun control that fight tooth and nail to stop capital punishment. Its the libtards that fight to make everyone accept deviant lifestyles and take god out of our culture that cant understand why we have a lack of ethics and morals.
Dec 18, 2012 2:26PM

Why does addressing Mental Health issues in America...Sound Gay..??


And why are some idiots on here talking about abortion.....??


Well, I guess my truck needs an oil change and lube job...

What are they charging for a quart of oil where you live...??

Dec 18, 2012 2:26PM

If only Axes had been illegal Lizzie Borden's parents would not have been murdered.  If only Box cutters had been illegal the 911 hijackers would never had succeeded.  If only Ammonium Nitrate had been illegal Timothy McVeigh would not have killed anyone. 


While I personally don't see the need for anyone to own an assault rifle capable of shooting 30 rounds of ammo I am also not naive enough to believe that banning these, or all, guns would stop mass murderers.  We need to get some stones as a country and examine ALL the issues that lead to this behavior.  Violent video games/movies that are obsessively played/watched.  Lack of parental control or discipline.  Moral relativism being the mantra taught in our schools.  Over medication of our youth for questionable disorders.....etc., etc , etc.

Dec 18, 2012 2:26PM
Guns can't kill people by itself it is the person behind the gun don't give up your rights to bare arms, people open your eyes we have to stop give up our freedom for security.
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