Dick's, Walmart Suspend Sales of Certain Guns

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

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

Dick's Sporting Goods, which has Chicago-area locations in Oswego, 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?

Ernie Knight December 21, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Is that like the idea of arming pilots? Seems to have worked for them.
Rhonda December 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I love your idea. Our military men/women are highly skilled. We can use them right here at home. A new industry can be created. Instead of paying premium for school administrators. Use that money to staff highly skilled and armed ex-military.
Jay December 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Famous Quote : Adolf Hilter : If you want to conquer a nation first disarm its citizens.
Tim December 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
That's funny. The entire history behind why we even have a 2nd amendment, is because the Catholics wanted to keep taking the guns away from the Protestants. Which leads to the next Adolph Hitler quote: "As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice." So, lets all keep an eye out and make sure this doesn't ever happen again, ok? Christian Fundamenltalism; taking away guns from everyone but themselves, outlawing abortion, endorsing corporal punishment, and depriving homosexuals rights to life and liberty. All in the name of 'christ'. Sound familiar?
SonofJohn December 24, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Tim we have a society that needs to maintain its moral compass. Sound familiar? Abortion is murder ---plain and simple. Would Christ allow abortions because a woman cant keep her legs closed? or for a child from a rape? What say you? You do not even begin to understand the history of the 2nd amendment, by your comments. As far as homosexuals they have life and liberty. BUT they are an abomination in the sight of God and the holy scriptures, most people with a moral compass would agree. Adam and Eve............. not Adam and Steve. We as a society are loosing our ability to understand and take the moral high ground. JMO


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