Walmart, Dick's Suspend Sales of Certain Firearms

The Newtown, Conn. school shooting has spurred some retailers to suspend gun sales.

Christmas shopping for the outdoorsman may be a little different this year.

Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of semi-automatic weapons at its stores following the , according to a report from CNN.

The chain includes 511 stores in 44 states, and posted this message to its web site:

We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community.

Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide.

We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy.

A search of the Dick's Sporting Goods web site for “semi-automatic rifles” produced a handful of paintball guns, but no lethal weapons. A search for “modern sporting rifles” turned up no results. 

According to the company’s web site, the chain has 511 stores in 44 states. It’s unclear how long the suspension will last.

Patch left a message with the communications department, but did not receive a reply as of press time.


Walmart pulled a Bushmaster rifle that's in the same group of guns as the one reportedly used by Lanza from its web store, according to the Nation.

It’s unclear if the chain suspended sales of any other sporting rifles. Searches for “modern sporting rifle,” semi-automatic rifle,” and “bushmaster” displayed guns for sale in stores only. But when checked for availability, all showed as "out of stock."

Patch also left a message with Walmart’s media, but did not receive a comment as of press time.

Do you think the suspension of gun sales at national chains will help prevent future tragedies?

Khristopher Light December 20, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Unfortunately, I don't think the suspension of gun sales at national chains is going to fix anything. I think the tragedy at Newtown could have been prevented. IED's, guns, car bombs,knives,baseball bats,molotov cocktails don't have minds of their own. If someone is intent on killing their going to kill.This kid was home schooled since he was in tenth grade. I can't for the life of me believe that there weren't warning signs. Years ago you could have someone committed for observation without a court order. I do feel that a court order is a must, but it should be the due diligence of family and friends of someone they feel is unstable to act ! This kid could have just as easily drove a car loaded with explosives through the doors.If you look at most of the mass shootings the shooters are between 17 and 25 yrs old, what does that tell you ! I'm also sorry to say the media doesn't help the problem. Many of these people are looking for media attention and they get ! boy do they get it ! It makes it very enticing for copycat. I really think the problem is systemic and that you have to look at more then gun control. Some people say that it's the violent video games that are desensitizing the youth of today, but not all kids that play these games go out and act upon it. There is a catalyst that sets these people off. Once that is set in motion, it's hard to stop. If not a gun then they will use other means to carry out and execute their agenda.


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