Sporting Goods Chain Suspends Sales of Certain Rifles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A sporting goods chain says it's suspending sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut.
Dick's Sporting Goods also says it's removing all guns from display at its store closest to Newtown, where the massacre took place.
Authorities say a gunman killed 26 people, mostly children, with a military-style rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday after killing his mother. He then killed himself.
A statement posted on Dick's website expresses sympathy for the victims' families. It says sales of modern sporting rifles will be suspended during "this time of national mourning."
Dick's declined to answer Associated Press questions about how long the suspension would last or which weapons were being pulled.
Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. has more than 500 stores in 44 states.

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  • by anonymous Location: howell on Dec 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    this wont help. you can still buy most any weapon like this at gun and knife shows and certain online stores
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 19, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    Brad I am not sure why you think this is a knee jerk reaction on the store's part. Seems like you are actually guilty of reacting quickly. What do you find so terrible about them supporting their community?
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:52 AM
    How terrible that Dick's is trying to be sensitive to the community! For sure boycott them. How dare they! They are clearly taking a stand on gun control and the whole country is going down because of it. Get real people.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    Mariah, I'll address you here within this story as I have in another of your postings. Ms. Lanza KNEW her son was mentally unstable and dangerous to the point she advised others not to turn their backs on him. She owned firearms and SHE FAILED to properly secure them---if she had been responsible with her arms, this probably wouldn't have happened.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    I do not understand why you are all boycotting this store for trying to show some sensitivity to a grieving community. The article said it was temporary. I doesn't appear that it is a statement on gun control; rather, it is a gesture toward the community.
  • by Mariah Location: Bath on Dec 19, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    Nancy Lanza was a good, decent, law-abiding citizen who just happened to own assault weapons, and she enjoyed target shooting so very much. We all see just how well that particular situation ended. So Dick's finally blinked. It's a start. Now if only the rest of America could grow a conscience...but I'm not very hopeful.
  • by tom Location: lansing on Dec 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM
    Good one, Linda.
  • by linda Location: lansing on Dec 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    Time to boycott,no more Dicks for me.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Dec 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
    I will go some place else,good (buy) dick.
  • by Anonymous Location: Holt on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    Ya, like THAT will fix the problem. Take more guns away from people who didn't do anything wrong, that's always everyone's answer.
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