Walmart, Dick's Pull Some Firearms After Newtown Shooting

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

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

Walmart pulled from its shelves a Bushmaster rifle that's in the same group of guns as the one reportedly used by the gunman in the Dec. 14 shootings at in Newtown, Conn., according to media reports. There are Walmart stores in many local communities, including Lake Zurich, Palatine, Vernon Hills and Wheeling.

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.

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Dick's Sporting Goods

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

The chain includes 511 stores in 44 states. Locally, there are stores in Arlington Heights, Deer Park, Schaumburg and Vernon Hills. The company posted this message to its website:

"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. 

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

DMG December 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
It simply makes getting one just a little more difficult ... rest assured, they probably will be back on the shelves in the not so distant future.
Jim Schultz December 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
This is another sad day for everyone. The shootings are a tragedy and now its turning into a loss of our right to bear arms. Law abiding citizens that register there guns and use them for sporting use are now being threatened. When will everyone wake up and go after the real issue! The people involved with these recent tragedies have a long history of mental issues. They have stolen the guns used in them. Why don't we have programs to identify these unstable people and get them help or protect the public from them. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!! Timothy McVey killed and injured hundreds in the Oklahoma City bombing using fertilizer. Drunk drivers kill 34,000 people each year. And a baseball bat is the number one weapon in US. Lets ban baseball bats, fertilizer, and all cars and trucks! Aren't these peoples lives valuable as well? Lets start at the top of the list with these items or maybe we should address the real problem!
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