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 Chicago-area locations in Lombard, Naperville, 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?

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David More December 19, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Constitutional literalists should note that if they want to interpret the Founding Fathers 2nd Amendment without an enormous burden of hypocrisy, they have to agree that the only firearms being referred to by those folks are muzzle-loading, black powder flintlocks.
Patch61 December 19, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Hamilton's working papers make it clear that the 2nd Amendment was meant to allow for the creation of a military, which at the time was citizen soldiers. It was never meant to put a gun into the hands of everyone.
Josh December 19, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.– Benjamin Franklin
TL Shaff December 19, 2012 at 04:06 AM
@Patch61 ... the Supreme Court disagrees with you. There are more innocent American citizens killed and maimed each year by drunk drivers than by firearms (source: drinkinganddriving.org). Where is the cry to ban vehicle ownership, or to make them more difficult for those of us who are responsible (as well as those who aren't) to purchase and own one? More importantly, what federal or state laws have been passed that have significantly reduced this tragedy which plays out in every town of every county in every state of the union??? Ah, but you need your vehicle and I don't need my gun? Yes I do. In addition to utility purposes, I need it it to protect my family, my property, and myself from the perpetrator-criminal factions who will be the only ones left with guns when lawful ownership is restricted. Check out YouTube sometime and what happened in New Orleans after Katrina when guns were seized from the lawful citizens and left in the hands of gangs and thugs who roamed the streets at night. A vision of future America ...
David More December 19, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Well, I beg your pardon, Josh, but at least some of us here in Canada strongly believe that since 1776 we surrendered neither liberty nor safety nor honour nor loyalty in pursuit of our own quiet little version of democratic, capitalist life, liberty and happiness. In fact, both before and since the Declaration, we successfully gave up the temporary safety of submission to armed aggressors invading our little neck of the woods, said armed forces marching across the border wearing that o-so-easily-abused rhetorical fig leaf of just wishing to liberate us from the tyrant that we stupidly refused to dump ourselves. As I observe our allies, cousins and friends from this side of the boundary, one that people on this side fought and died to defend from vociferous Champions of Liberty, and as a licensed gun owner and shooter myself, I don't feel the slightest need to lean on Almanackian rhetoric, so eerily similar to what later tyrants like Lenin, Hitler, Mao and Stalin quoted to their people, to understand an even more ancient truth -- trumpeting so terribly loudly in this fashion the virtues of armed and violent resistance to lawful, democratically constituted authority nurtures the seeds of self-destruction.
bamakid December 19, 2012 at 04:51 AM
the only way we are going to stop innocent lives being loss is to arm more citizens. get a conceal carry permit and go thru a safety class and arm yourself to help protect your family
jacob rowley December 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Every criminal needs the adress of every unarmed liberal and every armed conservative....I'm comfortable to know he's comin for u.
Dan F. December 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Hamilton, in his papers and his speeches during the drafting of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, delineates his vision not only of a free people bearing arms for the common defense, but also for the protection of liberty. It was intended by the framers of our Constitution, Hamilton included, that a free people be armed. He spent much wordage on the concepts of militia and standing army, but made no reference that only they should be armed.


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