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 5:34PM
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The problems not the guns,knives, baseball bats, box cutters, mental illness, TV, movies, music, bullies, whites, blacks,browns, etc. Its our moron parenting that doesn't believe in spending time, teaching commonsense, disiplining, or in general actually being a parent. Ban timeout, grounding, etc. and whip little Johnny/Susie's **** when they do wrong and teach them the value of property and life then just maybe some of this crap would stop.

Are we going to ban shotguns as well because a good 12 gauge with a heavy load in a confined space such as a movie theatre, classroom, McDonalds could cause a lot more damage than any semi auto rifle or pistol unless the gunmans actually taking the time to aim.

Dec 20, 2012 5:34PM
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The Wal*Mart store where I live sold out of Armailte type rifles.  No telling when they will get more.
Dec 20, 2012 5:34PM
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Don't take away guns.  Just assult class guns like AR15s.  There's no reason these need to be sold for public use. 

Dec 20, 2012 5:34PM
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Dick's and Wal-Mart. Who buys a gun from Dick's or Wal-Mart? What do I want a chinese gun for.
Dec 20, 2012 5:33PM
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Take away the guns!!!! Clear and simple, hunters should have a right to continue to the right to hunt, and Americans should have the right for a handgun to protect themselves, but Assault Weapons are not needed by anyone, the 2nd Amendment does not give you the right to have 5 guns and so much ammunition, the Amendment was written in a different time for the purpose of a well regulated Militia. We do not have a Militia the last time I checked. We have a huge Defense Department that is in no danger of losing its weaponry.

 

Ignorant Americans wake up!!!

Dec 20, 2012 5:33PM
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The facts are these- there are so many weapons (guns) in this country and they generate soooo much money for so many that they will NEVER be eradicated. So this AR15 was only a semi auto, so were the two pistols. You van restrict mags forever and they will still be available
Dec 20, 2012 5:33PM
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You people don't fool yourselves....  Those guns are going to double or triple in price and I will bet you they come back out on the shelves then!!  It's not the guns, it's the money. 
Dec 20, 2012 5:32PM
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THE GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM!!! The only people that think they are ignorant and chances are they have no experience handling a firearm. I don't know about the rest of you but I am stocking up prior to getting more of my rights stripped away. 

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people"
Dec 20, 2012 5:32PM
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FACTS are:

 

Project Veritas has 'verified' Mr Lanza (the accused)

WAS 1.5 hrs away from the school when the murders began.

Mr Lanza is alive!!!

 

Fact is:  there was more than one shooter (TWO shooters) and they put more than one bullet in each

victim they shot...to ASSURE there were NO WITNESSES!!!

Check it out yourselves...it is truth!!!

 

 

Dec 20, 2012 5:31PM
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Dicks needs to specialize in womans clothing and tennis gear. I won't be shopping there
Dec 20, 2012 5:31PM
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I already stopped shopping at Wal-Mart many years ago as a personal choice because I absolutely hate it there, but I have a feeling many others will follow. Hey retailers... you might as well stop selling bows and knives and forks and pretty much anything because it can all be used as a weapon! People with the intent to kill... will find a way to kill. They have for many years. Look at the guy in China who walked into that school and slaughtered all of those kids with a knife. I didn't see anything in the news about retails wanting to ban knives. Maybe it's because it didn't happen in America and the people who are anti-guns (because they are scared and don't know how to properly use them) aren't scared of knives because, oh yeah... they use one on a daily basis to pick their nose :)
Dec 20, 2012 5:30PM
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TAKE AWAY THE AUTO's!!! How did he get there???? If all people under age 25 were to have a 'background check' before getting a learners permit, then we would be a 'lot closer' to solving the problem of miscreants getting to where they want to attack!  Mentally ill members of a Family should not be allowed to drive & others living 'under the same roof' need to have 'lock out' devices installed on their autos!!  The 'money makers' (AFLAC's, JOLLYPITTS, TARANTULAS) in HOLLYWOOD should STOP with these VIOLENT VIDEOS already!! ....! G-D & the 10 Commandments, plus Morality should be taught in schools!   Mental Health Care should be a TOP priority for Youts!!   There should be way less Gun Free Zones & Teachers should be allowed to have TAZERS available, especially ex-Military (School of Infantry) Teachers should have the choice of 'CC' or a side arm!!  Put this all together & we will be a lot closer to a safer environment ......HOWEVER NOTHING IS 100%!!!!!!
Dec 20, 2012 5:30PM
Dec 20, 2012 5:30PM
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The firearms industry provides alot of jobs in a time when the politicians have everyone hanging over a fiscal cliff, these retailers are only putting on a show like they want to make a difference but all they are doing is putting more folks out of work and cutting their own throats


Dec 20, 2012 5:29PM
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Retailer knee-jerk in order to capture more holiday sales from an emotional public. 
Dec 20, 2012 5:28PM
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God? Really? Thoughout history there has been more murder and mayhem in the name of God than for any other reason.
Dec 20, 2012 5:28PM
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Folks.... I think what we really need here....legally....is....Conduct Control....Not Gun Control.

 

Well.... unless your one on those jack wagon liberals who think guns kill people.  :)

 

The educated class....knows the reality....People Kill People.

Dec 20, 2012 5:28PM
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obama, I'll give up my guns when your security detail gives up their guns.

How about free stickers and signs for everyone against guns to put on their house cars and self,

"NO GUN HERE"

Dec 20, 2012 5:27PM
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Why didn't they pull box cutters and airplanes after 911? Why didn't they ban fertalizer and deisel fuel after the Oklahoma fed. building bombing? These acts killed hundreds and even thousands! They didn't because it would be STUPID!!! Banning guns of any kind would be just as stupid . It will never stop an idiot from doing something horrible. NEVER!! Wake up people you should be furious about giving up our constitutional rights. Whats next freedom of religion? speech? Think before you react
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