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?

GranMaggie December 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
It's good to start with the retail stores -- if they refuse to sell that type of "sporting rifles" (unfair to any wild game) and the gun shows will also pull them, the law of economics might prevail. We won't need to wait for this ineffective Congress to do anything.
Brian Soergel December 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM
From Edmonds Patch reader on Facebook: You have got to be kidding? Repeal the 2nd Amendment. That is simply a stupid Statement. That comment {question} is not even thoughtful or responsible. Great Americans built this country and protect our Bill of Rights and the US Constitution Amendments.
Edward A. December 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The Patch editors are such trolls -- I wonder if this thread will set a record? :)
Kendall Watson December 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM
@Edward A. Set a record... how? We're just here to help foster a conversation. There's a huge range of views on the sale of military-grade semi-automatic rifles in the US, and various interpretations of the Second Amendment in the US Constitution. We're somewhat of an outlier, compared with the rest of the planet — according to the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/15/what-makes-americas-gun-culture-totally-unique-in-the-world-as-demonstrated-in-four-charts/.
Edward A. December 19, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I meant set a record for the number of comments/pageviews. I assume that's how patch.com makes money, right? If all of the posts were of the "Smaller King County Road Crews May Mean Slower Snow/Ice Response" type (just picking one at random from the front page of the Woodinville Patch), it would be hard to get people coming back to launch more insults at each other (and, hopefully, click on an add now and then). We can at least be honest about that, right? In my opinion, debates about politics, religion, gun control, abortion and other hot-topic issues on public forums like this aren't part of the solution -- they are part of the problem. They mainly serve to further polarize already inflamed passions, and nobody is convinced by the "charming" rhetorical strategies generally employed here (and on other, similar, forums). But they do keep us coming back for more...
CJ December 19, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I for one would get rid of my weapons if it meant that a single young life would never be lost to violence. A person motivated to hurt large numbers of people will always find away to do it. The problem is much greater than the gun itself. I think that is fairly apparent with places like DC and Chicago (433 homicides in 2011) who have the strictest gun laws, but the highest rate of gun crime, compared to places like Switzerland (40 homicides in 2011) where nearly every male is in possession of a weapon, both 5.56 and pistol, which has virtually no violent gun crimes, that it is a problem with our system/culture more than anything else. Guns are always going to be here. Legally or illegally. I for one am not willing to defend my family with a baseball bat when someone has a gun. It says "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state..." meaning we must have weapons equal to the military to defend our free state. The Clackamas mall shooting was stopped because of a 22 year old with a gun, saving who knows how many lives? It is sad that we live in a world where we feel the need to protect ourselves, but the people who are out to harm innocent lives do not play by the rules. I would look for any advantage I have to protect my family against someone who is out to do us harm. If the AR is that advantage. So be it. People who say the AR is not a fair weapon to hunt with, or good for home protection, has no clue what an AR really is.
dexterjibs December 19, 2012 at 03:23 AM
This is so stupid and hopefully it is a temporary ploy to appease the libtard gun grabbers. Yea, this will really prevent gun violence.
employee December 19, 2012 at 04:13 AM
"libtard gun grabbers". This is how Dexterjibs shows empathy for 20,5 and 6 year olds killed. Hats off to you Dexterjibs, you have achieved a new "low".
employee December 19, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Teabirchers like the folks above can spew thier 2nd amendment rights all day long. Its up to responsible citizens to fight for restictions on semi-auto assault weapons and extended mags. Its up to responsible citizens for close loopholes for immediate purchase of any firearms. Its up to us collectively to make sure that mental health funding is not cut to the extentent that states have allowed recently. Dexterjibs, what will you do to help?
dexterjibs December 19, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Hey employee, nice job comparing apples to oranges. This is why i say liberalism is retarded cuz libs do stupid things like you just did. I commented on stupid liberal ideas that do not work. And when they do not work, liberals only say, we need to do more of the same thing in order for our stupid ideas to work. Or when liberals say, "hey lets spend a bunch of the tax payers money to solve this pretend crisis". And then, when spending a bunch of tax payers money to solve a pretend crisis doesn't work, liberals will say, "Well, since we know more than anyone else, the reason our solution to solve this pretend crisis did not work is because we did not spend enough money on this pretend crisis". And the beat goes on, EMployee, with gun violence. Silly, stupid liberals.
employee December 19, 2012 at 04:52 AM
So, Dex, tell us how to get the gun lobby to stop selling arms to outlaws, libtards and baby killers. Give me a suggestion that might make it stop.
dexterjibs December 19, 2012 at 05:04 AM
It isn't the gun lobby's problem or responsiblity to solve. They had nothing to do with this tragedy or any other tragedy where mass killings occurred. You can stack 2000 loaded guns in the downtown square and march 2000 people around those guns and not a single gun will jump up and kill a single person. Tell me employee, what other rights would you restrict?
Kendall Watson December 19, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Ah, the volume of comments. We don't make money directly off comments. However, we do try to brand ourselves as a community forum, and comments from active and engaged persons as yourself to tend to help bolster that reputation. Advertisers aren't necessarily interested in that, they tend to be more interested in the volume of visitors to the site — which is a typical metric used to set online ad rates. But lots of comments doesn't necessarily hurt that, either.
gary riley December 19, 2012 at 06:43 AM
the saying goes guns dont kill people do well most mass killers have mrntal problems.get rid of the semi automatics and the mental payient with the gun could not committ the slaughter like the one we just had
Bryan December 19, 2012 at 07:45 AM
You sure slaughtered that post.
CJ December 19, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Yeah Gary. You're right! A ban on semi autos would magically get rid of all semi auto weapons, and wouldn't create a market for illegal weapons to be funneled into America. It's not like America has had access to semi auto weapons for decades right? This is a social issue not a gun issue. Unfortunately we chose to cut funding for mental health programs. Lets not bring up the dude that sliced up all those kids in china. With...wait for it. A knife. Not a gun. Again, people who are motivated to hurt people are going to do it regardless of the weapon. The focus and discussion should be on better securities for our schools and funding for mental health instead of our govemement funneling it to help personal agendas.
Jason F. December 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Kathleen, constitution suggests otherwise. And if you think we are about to "alter" our constitution to suit your flavor of life, you are wrong. Find a permanent new home away from the United States. 4 hours north Kathleen, Canada welcomes your liberal views.
Jason F. December 19, 2012 at 01:43 PM
It's not a big deal to me...there are plenty of places to buy my guns :) And WalMart or Dicks are not stores I shop at anyways...so it's cool...as for Big 5.....still have lots of guns :) I checked.
Jason F. December 19, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Gary, did you escape from the big white house? Somebody help Gary back to his home please.
Jason F. December 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I have a great question....hypothetically....lets say liberals go full out on this one and somehow acquire a gun ban of some type or fashion.... HOW does anybody think "gun collection" will go down? I spent $3000 on my tool for defending my home and I am going to "GIVE" it back to you for free all on my own? We're asking for a civil war here folks...and frankly...I'm pretty frickin glad I am on the side with all the guns and ammo and large capacity military-grade magazines!!!! :) 'Merica!
Edward A. December 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I am curious. If the government determined a gun that you owned was illegal and came to your house to confiscate it, how would you react? Would you give it to them?
Molly December 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Thank you Walmart.
Karl Coleman December 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM
"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." On Dick's website it says - GUNS & AMMUNITION - SOLD IN-STORE ONLY. That's why your search came up with no results. Not because Dick's has stopped selling "semi-automatic rifles" or "modern sporting rifles".
Karl Coleman December 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
@Molly - Although they pulled the Bushmaster, they still sell virtually the same AR-15/M4 via Sig Sauer and other manufacturers. It doesn't change a thing.
Kathleen December 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
"Life, Liberty and the Persuit of happiness", has LIFE as the right listed above Liberty. Ban assault rifles. And fix the broken mental health system.
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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