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.
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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I am truly heart broken about the shooting, I don't think this falls on gun control, I think this falls back on today's society where we don't pay attention to what our children are doing. We let video games become baby sitters where kids get lost in an imaginary world.
I agree that if guns are taken away from the american people then the only ones that will affect are the honest not the criminals.
Should have conceal carry EVERYWHERE.
If everyone carries a concealed firearm there will be protection against individuals with mental illness.
If I want to kill and I don't have a gun... Then BOOM goes the bomb built off instructions found on the internet.
We need to fix PEOPLE.
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.
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.
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.
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!
this might scare these kid
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.
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