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 5:00PM
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Adam Lanza was turned down from buying guns 2 times. when they ask to do a back ground check and he didn't want to wait, because of the waiting period to buy a gun, so he went else where. So no matter what you do, if somebody wants to buy or get a gun, they can get one no matter what type of laws you pass. you think all the gangsters out there when to a store and bought guns. How you think the ex-cons get guns..
Dec 20, 2012 5:00PM
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I don't own a gun but if there had been some armed school officials there, 20 kids would probably still be alive today.
Dec 20, 2012 5:00PM
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   So wrong. Our founding fathers believed that if the government were to become corrupt or tyranical, it was the absolute right and obligation for the people to have the means to overthrow it (check their other writings beside the Declaration & Constitution - there can be no doubt).  Their meaning of "well regulate militia means COMMON CITIZENS who can defend AGAINST the government if necessary.
Dec 20, 2012 5:00PM
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Cabelas is sold out of all their Ar-15 (at least in KS) this panic has depleted all stock levels and spiked sales and prices. Either way there are for sure much more guns on the street today because of this, panic. And i also agree that in these types of senseless feats that who ever does so does so with no mention of their name...

I have never owned a gun but because of the fear bred by the media I now am one of those seeking to have at least some type of defense. Had there been one of our honorable veterans at the school with a weapon, this may not have ever happened. So give our unemployed trained Vets jobs, Have armed patrols in the streets. I myself would feel much safer.

In Mexico they have armed guards walking around the mall, K-9 units..etc....this is southern Mexico and not border town..I can personally tell you, seeing that firepower will make you think twice about where you are at, and keep you in line.

There are so many things besides the guns that were issues here. There are many ways to prevent something like this happening again...but take away the guns and those that are mentally sick, like this idiot..will still find a way to carry out their twisted thoughts.

Dec 20, 2012 5:00PM
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Boy did I make it the nick of time, Went to Wal-Mart and bought the last BMI they had.  And still at the old price.  The word on the street with the Pro Gun Crowd is that it will be a cold day in hell if Biden can do it.
Dec 20, 2012 4:59PM
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All guns are not recorded. How would they find those. And not all ammo is either. But, you antigun people can do without. I'll keep mine.  And you can bet they will be safe, if I have a nut case in my family they will be moved to a different location. Get a grip, and is abortion worse than abuse of an unwanted child? Being in foster care I've seen things you could not believe. All the signs were there, why was something not done before the fact!

Dec 20, 2012 4:59PM
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It was a tragedy but it was caused by people with mental issues like Adam Lanxza not being monitored to assure that he was taking his meds which a lot of people with mental problems do not do, so banning guns is not going to solve the problem,
Dec 20, 2012 4:59PM
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Take away guns: NO!!!
Make major changes in the Schools and The System: YES!!!!
There is something really wrong with the system. We need to fix that!!!!
Not use it for an excuse to take away every ones Constitutional Rights.

Dec 20, 2012 4:59PM
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Guns are not the problem.  The problem is guns in the hands of the wrong people. 
Dec 20, 2012 4:59PM
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this is why i live in the middle of the united states  because the drama and trama are usually on the east or west coast  .....oh perhaps the middle of the country was mostly red on the electorial map....hmmm

Dec 20, 2012 4:59PM
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There are far more children killed by drivers "texting" while driving and causing accidents.  I don't see a rust to ban "texting" service on mobile phones.
Dec 20, 2012 4:58PM
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GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE... PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE AND THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE GUNS.  THE LAW ABIDING CITIZEN SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED BY THE ACTIONS OF A FEW...
Dec 20, 2012 4:58PM
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These inanae decades old exucuses used by the gun nuts....they are tired, worn out, and they werent valid 15 years ago, and they are not valid today.

 

What has changed tho is the mood of this country.

 

NO MORE will your tired paranoid, slippery slope, nothing will help excuses will work.  This country is going to finally start taking some steps in the right direction.

Dec 20, 2012 4:58PM
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Why guns in America, we have very sound proof police and other agencies. I think this is the time when we need to eliminate guns from our life and go toward an alternatives kinda soft self-defense weapon. I think several soft weapons are in market but we can invent gun alternative.

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If banning these weapons saves 1 six year olds life,  I'm all for it.  Assault weapons are for losers and PUSSIES !    This country has gone right down the shitter. This country needs a serious bitch slap and a HARD one at that .  Nobody cares about respect anymore. It's cool to be a punk. It's cool to walk around with your pants half way down and your underwear showing. It's cool to walk across the street into oncoming traffic and almost get hit. And now it's cool to commit mass murder. I can honestly say I have never been more embarrassed by my country than in the last 5-10 years. And it starts with youth !!!!!  
Dec 20, 2012 4:58PM
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Back when the 2nd amendment was written, there were NO lists of people belonging to a Militia. The embodiment of the people as a whole WERE the Militia. Every man kept a musket, ball and powder in good working order so that when the call came to defend life and liberty, they would be able to respond. Contrary to what our government would have you believe, this is still true to this day. We allowed the govt to hijack the term "Militia" and attach the name to the "National Guard." The national guard is NOT the free citizens militia the forefathers were reffering to in the 2nd amendment. It wasn't even around back then. The ink wasn't even dry on the Constitution and certain elements were already trying to figure out ways to circumvent it and ultimately destroy it. The point is that WE the People ARE the Militia and we should always be ready to answer the call to defend life and liberty from any enemy foreign or DOMESTIC. It would be kind of hard to defend ourselves from a Tyrannical Government when the very govt you are fighting controls your Militia's arms and issues your orders now isn't it? Of course they do not want Military style weapons accessible to private citizens. It is THOSE weapons the government fears NOT our handguns. They have seen over and over what poorly armed and poorly equipped freedom fighters can do all around the world.

"When the government fears the people there is freedom. When the people fear the government there is Tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson.

Dec 20, 2012 4:58PM
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Its funny to me that the thinking of a lot of anti-gunners is that anyone who buys guns or ammo is automatically labeled a "gun nut" or scared of the government or some other boogeyman . What about the people like me who enjoy collecting them. The people that simply enjoy going to the range and shooting them. The people that shoot for sport. Sure, you don't need an AR to go hunt, but the 2nd amendment was never about hunting in the first place. It so sad to see how this county continues to have knee-jerk reactions to situations like this. We pass legislation that does absolutely nothing to fix the real problems - but only to appease the uneducated voters who vote these idiots in office.
Dec 20, 2012 4:57PM
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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.

Dec 20, 2012 4:57PM
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Should have conceal carry EVERYWHERE.

 

If everyone carries a concealed firearm there will be protection against individuals with mental illness.

 

 

Dec 20, 2012 4:57PM
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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.

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