Dick's, Walmart Suspend Sales of Certain Firearms

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

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Dick's Sporting Goods, which has Chicago-area locations in Naperville, Oswego, Orland Park, Tinley Park and Yorkville 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.

A message with the company's communication's department has not been returned. 


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 media reports.

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 relations staff, but that message has not been returned.

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

Gail Dudlicek December 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The tragedy in at Sandy Hook is beyond horrible. However, guns aren't the problem, it is the people who want them for the wrong reasons. Banning them will only increase the black market for them - so that only the wrong kind of people will have them. I have no problem with going through the proper steps to own a fire arm - in fact they should be more stringent. I think the media plays a role in these shootings because they become sensationalized. So the next person with the wrong intentions can out do the last guy and "go down in history".
D Smith December 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Suspend is temporary. Terminated is permanent. This was done just until things quiet down and the end of the day it is about the Benjamins.
The Sentinel December 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Benjamins? Air rifles? Gail, I agree. I am a gun owner (sport shooting at targets) and a member of the NRA but I do not believe there is a valid reason for anyone to own an assault rifle, Mac 10 unless they are miilitary or police. And yes, I would be more than happy to have VERY stringent background checks, etc. But banning certain guns won't work. Chicago has a TOTAL gun ban yet look at the number of shootings this year alone has produced in the city, many of which were with automatic weapons.


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