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 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.

Patch left a message with the communications department, but did not receive a reply as of press time.


Walmart pulled a Bushmaster rifle from its shelves, according to the Nation.

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, but did not receive a comment as of press time.

Big Five Sporting Goods

A search for “modern sporting rifles” turned up two results for single gauge shot guns; a search for “semi-automatic rifles” produces half a dozen results for, but notes that the guns will only be sold to buys 18-years-of-age, or older.

Patch left a message with a spokesperson at Big Five, but did not receive a comment as of press time.

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

WendyB December 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Thank you, Kathleen!
CJ December 19, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Kathleen what is your definition of an assault rifle? There technically already is a ban on the government definition of an assault rifle. There are numerous kits available to make a wide variety of weapons look like assault weapons, but it sure doesn't make them anymore lethal. So where is the line drawn on what an assault rifle really is?
Tony Bussert December 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Man, this conversation is weird (not just here, but around the country). Everyone seems to be taking an extreme stance. I hear the anti gun people mostly saying "Get rid of all guns", and the pro gun people basically just burying their heads in the sand and ignoring the issue. So let's take these two polar opposites and land somewhere in the middle where reasonable people tend to have their thoughts. There needs to be better gun education in this country. All people should at least have a passing familiarity with the basic workings of guns. We also need much, much better regulation that needs to be the same in every state. We also need much more focus on our mental health system to make sure that the people that need help have access to it and can get it. None of the above will ultimately solve the problems that made Newton possible, but it will go along way to bringing each side closer to an understanding instead of just yelling at each other and name calling and we can hopefully cut down on the incidents like we've had in the past few months. If we continue to polarize each side the conversation dies and more people die in the end.
Edward A. December 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM
These forums (and I mean *all* Internet forums that don't require real names, and most that do) all devolve into this kind of trolling and ad hominem. In "real life," my conversations with friends who have different beliefs never sound like this. That's why I think these forums are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Darby Hamade December 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
how come?


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