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Dick's, Walmart Suspend Sales of Certain Firearms

The Newtown 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, which has a location at 810 E. Butterfield Road in Lombard, has suspended sales of semi-automatic weapons at its stores following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, 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 website for “semi-automatic rifles” produced a handful of paintball guns, but no lethal weapons. A search for “modern sporting rifles” turned up no results. 

It’s unclear how long the suspension will last.

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

Walmart

Walmart, which has a location at 900 S. Route 83 in Villa Park, pulled from its shelves a Bushmaster rifle that's in the same group of guns as the one reportedly used by Lanza, 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?

Adam December 19, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Lets stop sales of forks because they make people fat
DMK December 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
What a respectful decision made by the stores CEO's for those families and that town. I commend the courage of these stores and yes, it will make me think of them first when shopping this week. Finally, some respect is shown on a large scale and for that they should get the support from their customers. Sensitivity is always welcomed by those who understand sensitivity for the Nation as a whole. Praise God.
Jim Parks December 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Your analogy is misplaced in this case, Adam. YOUR fork doesn't make other people fat. Not to mention that forks and assault weapons aren't exactly apples to apples.
Adam December 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
no Jim, my analogy is not misplaced, but if you want to nit pick at it, OK fine I will change it. Lets stop sales of cars, many more people lose their lives to OTHER people with cars than guns. the only thing taking away guns is going to do is tell criminals, you know the people who don't follow the law, that nobody is armed.
Jim Parks December 19, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Adam, I'm told that Illinois is the only state in the union that bans concealed carry weapons (soon to change, I hear). So, criminals in the other 49 states knowing that anyone in their vicinity could be armed is obviously not stopping them from killing. Maybe the stories don't make it into the news, but there seem to be far fewer reports of people using cars intentionally to kill people. But that really doesn't matter here. What matters is having the conversation about finding solutions to the violence and killing of innocents. I'd be interested in your ideas.
Adam December 19, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Jim you are never going to get rid of violence and killing of innocents. You may not like guns, and choose not to own one. That is your right. You might not believe in God. That is your choice. However if someone breaks into your home, the first two things you're going to do are: 1) Call someone with a gun 2) Pray they get there in time.
Jim Parks December 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Well, since I'd rather be preventative than reactive, I'm going to hope that my alarm system will scare them off, which it probably will do. If it doesn't, I will hope that the police who are trained with guns get there quickly. And, no, I absolutely would not one of my neighbors who might have a gun to come storming down to my house taking pot shots at what they THINK is a burglar.
Adam December 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Do what you want Jim, I like being preventive too but have insurance to back it up with. Without the Second Amendment, the rest of the constitution isn't worth the paper it was written on.
Jim Parks December 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Insurance? You have NO insurance that your gun, if deployed in a home invasion, would not get you killed. I pray that you never find yourself in that situation.
Adam December 20, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Jim seriously.. Yes nothing is an absolute BUT how would not having a gun during a home invasion fare? Jims plan is to hide under the bed? I shoot my pistols and rifle quite often and I damn sure know how to aim them.
LINDA GALE January 11, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I'M NOT SURE WHO'S ZOOMING WHO HERE BUT MY OPINION IS THERE IS NO WAY AN ASSAULT REPETITIVE RIFLE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED FOR ANYTHING I CAN THINK OF. AM I WRONG?
LINDA GALE January 11, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I JUST HEARD THE STORY ABOUT A MOM AND HER TWO TWINS, HOME ALONE,HAD A BREAK IN, HID IN THEIR ATTIC, CALLED THE HUSBAND, HE CALLED 911, AND THE WIFE WOUND UP HAVING TO SHOOT THE INTRUDER RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER KIDS. TALK ABOUT SCARY!

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