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 4:57PM
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Ok Wal-Mart don't stop there. You must also pull  machetes, cross bows,  pneumatic nail guns, fertilizers,  propane tanks, poisons (that can be placed in water system) and ???. Where will it stop. 
Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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 Drugs are illegal is there a shortage??   Speeding is illegal have speed laws eliminated speeding? Car theft is illegal, yet last year my wifes car was stolen and used in an armed robbery. Burglery is illegal has the passage of any of these laws stopped anything. I don't think so.
Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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we need to be very carefull as to what our government does to us----as total domination of we the people is the ultimate goal------your president is committed to this and has been,he and clinton went before the un asking for world wide gun controll----dont ever be dissilusioned,and dont give an inch,because once started they will try to steamroll us.
Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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ok ok some of it has to do w guns, and parents that dont no how to put they away clearly,because the kids wouldnt have them to take to school. so if parents can be parent per say then the parents dont need guns. Mental ilness  is everywhere. Go back n look at how many people gunned down people that came out to be mentally ill whether it be.....depression,bi-polar,anziety,....if u have not been there then u clearly dont have a clue of what the human brain can do.WAKE_UP PEOPLE
Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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Since 500 people a week, and 71 people a day die due to drunk driving, I guess the next thing you know we will be getting rid of automobiles.  In 1927 48 children and teachers were blown up by a janitor.  Explosives are still legal.

 

It isn't the automobiles, explosives,  nor guns that cause harm.  It is the users misuse of these tools that causes harm. 


 

Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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People, read your history. You will find that even the history of OUR country started with a bunch of so called nut jobs.

The fact of the matter is that nearly EVERY document that comes out of Washington is intended to CONTROL us or REMOVE one or another of our freedoms or TAX the bejesas out of us. Read those to, I HAVE. We are being played just like the people that lived here were before we became independent.

I do not believe it is just the Democraps that are doing to us either. Both major parties have their heads so far up each others behinds it is amazing they get anything done there.
Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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Your decision to pull modern style hunting rifles (so called assault rifles) from your shelves shows that you are alinged with the gun banners.  The Connecticut shooting was a tragedy, but blaming the gun is assinine.  If this is your reaction and solution to dealing with this sad situation then we will shop elsewhere.

Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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The problem with taking away guns in this country is the local state an fed government. If any one thinks this government would not tax you to death  tell you how to live your life an put you in jail if you did not do what they told you , you are crazy . The only reason they dont do that right now is because they know the population would rise up  an they would have a hard fight on their hands. Take the guns an it will be a very short time before they are knocking at your door taking you to jail .
Dec 20, 2012 4:56PM
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I truly fail to under stand why the libreral media has jumped so hard on this issue where as 27 people were murdered horrifically last week, yet they say nothing about the 40 murders (gang related) a month in Chicago.  Does the liberal media consider these people who are murdered less worthy of attention, they are human beings after all.  It is illegal to carry a gun in Chicago for any reason, yet the crime rate of shooting and killings is through the roof, and the left wing liberal media says nothing about these people.  I would surmise that a high percentage of these killings in Chigago are between Black gang member over gang rivalry,  Heavens to betsy liberal media, these people are Human too.  I think you should pay equal attention to these Black victims equally as you do the White people whom were murdered last week in that school.  I would hate to think the liberal left wing media is showing their true colors and are really a racist group of people.
Dec 20, 2012 4:55PM
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Do not keep burying your heads in the sand...gun control is the issue..the main reason for the level of violence in the US society...every body is a cowboy...give them easy access to guns and those assault weapons and you will have the resulting aftermath..massacr after massacre...the motive in Connecticut is so glaring..Lanza was an out cast , he was ostracized for being different..a nurd ..obviously suffered from being psychologically off...so he dedcided that because of his suffering and the hurt his has endured akll his life he will make the community pay for this suffering by going after the 'innocence' of kindergarten children ..this is how he will pay back the society for treating him with scorn and making his young life so uncomfortable...he kills his mother to spare her the further hurt when the massacre is over..his mother is his only friend and he takes her out when she is sleeping so no pain..for her.....he knows he will die doing this deed and removes him from further suffering...but he makes his statement and hurts the innocence to get back ...BAN ALL ASSAULT RIFLES..THEN GO FROM THERE..listening to the gun advocates  one has to cry shame...blame everything else but the weapons that do the killing...next massacre will be a maternity ward of newly borns...
Dec 20, 2012 4:55PM
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I wonder if it was there shipment of modern rifles that got highjacked from the railcar yard in Atlanta a short while back? Can't sell them if you don't have them!
Dec 20, 2012 4:55PM
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Outlawing guns will stop killings like prohibition stopped drinking.
Dec 20, 2012 4:54PM
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No one wants to take any guns away from the sportsman! We need to regulate the types of gun/weapons. I don't know of one sane person that could justify having a military type of gun! These are for killing people not sport hunting! Come people we need common sense REGULATIONS and strict laws with serious penalties! This will NOT define our country as a “POLICE STATE!  Joe, Make this happen!

Dec 20, 2012 4:54PM
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this country has to have an eye for a eye laws
this might scare these kid
Dec 20, 2012 4:54PM
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They better quit selling loquor, cars and steak knives as well.....****es!!  Ill never shop in either place again....ever!
Dec 20, 2012 4:54PM
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I bet my local gun store would be happy to take any of those nasty guns that Dick's doesn't want to sell off their hands.

Dec 20, 2012 4:53PM
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I have guns but I certainly do not need an assault rifle or an automatic with an expanded magazine,
Dec 20, 2012 4:53PM
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Not to diminish the tragedy of the events in CT, but we have over 300  million people in this country, and for the sake of one twisted individual and his questionably irresponsible mother, I can't understand why the populace actually thinks that new laws are good idea. Can someone please explain, adding all the mass shootings in the last 20 years, how those 2 dozen or so culprits should cause the type of blowback as to impinge on the existing rights of 300 million other people?

 

More people die from the negligence of others on the road due to cell phone use. Since there is a such a higher percentage of people who cause accidents in such a way as compared to these high volume homicides, should we also ban cell phone use in cars for ALL people? Because as some of you say...if ONE life could have been saved you're all for it...right? 

Dec 20, 2012 4:53PM
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I don't think there is a thought in anyone's mind about the safety of our children and other persons as far as violence against them goes.  To say that we would put material things ahead of human life is not something anyone should consider and I don't think people do that are sane.  We are again dealing with naive people that have an agenda to eliminate guns because of an extreme tragedy, knowing that the gun was not the problem.  It was the tool used by a person that had no right to have the gun, or axe, or car, or bomb or any other device that could have taken human life.  These killings have more to do with mentally incompetent, depressed and angered persons than guns.  The ban will not help or stop this type of behavior, it didn't at Columbine and it won't the next time someone decides to go on a rampage.  The problems stem from mental deficiency, persons depressed about their state of life, violent video games that cause young people to lose track of reality and a host of other society related things.  People by the thousands have lost their homes, cars, families due to divorce because of hard times and who knows what else.  The last 8-10 years have been hard on people, the economy continues to deteriorate, jobs continue to be lost, wages do not keep up with the cost to live.  These things play on people's minds and the weaker of these feel they have no place to turn.  Parents need to spend time with children and raise them, establish values and not just give them money to entertain themselves.  We need to put God back in our lives like our forefathers had at the inception of this great country.  And all of us need to realize that the world today is not a safe place, here or anywhere else.  Where were all of the adults at Sandy Hook when this tragedy started, hiding behind a desk or ????  Whether this young man had a gun or not, we cannot just sit by and let these kind of persons just slaughter us or blow us up or ?? without making some effort to stop them.  All of you that think the gun is so bad, stop and think that if just one adult in that school or the theater in Colorado had a CCW permit and had access to their own firearm,  maybe the shooter at the school would not have killed so many.  We can't just sit on our asses at times like this.  We have to take some initiative to try and help ourselves and banning guns or for that matter any other item that can be use to accomplish the same thing will not help.  Come on people, let's don't pass more feel good laws that have no teeth, get off your asses and help yourselves.  And another sad thing about this is, is that the talk of firearms bans and magazine capacity, has caused a buying frenzy on these items.  Many retailers will make a huge profit on these items because and only because the naive lawmakers and citizens that don't enjoy the shooting hobby have caused this.  Do you really thing that bans of these items will stop the next person from doing the same thing that Lanza did?  I don't think so,  get real.
Dec 20, 2012 4:53PM
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Instead of making weapons for men they need to make food for them, yet this O-Abomination has done nothing but Arm other nations with weapons, billions, trillions now to the Muslim brotherhood,, even armed Mexico and their cartel and look how many children have died from that lie and deception. Now they want to control America like any other Islamic nation, by terror threats as we see coming daily. Terror against anyone who does not conform to this dictators wile. And now we are finding that he hired others to terrorize Romney and his family during this bought and paid for election deception. Facts speak for themselves and America, Disney land ride is going to crash, watch how many children die in this kings wake of destruction..
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. 
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. 
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. 
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. 
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! 
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. 
With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! 
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends. 
SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE. 
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!! 
IT'S A NO BRAINER!
DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET. 
Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people~
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