Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sales Of Semi-Automatic Rifles

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) – Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide.

The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning.

“We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said.

It was unclear how long the store will keep the suspension in place for the guns, known as ‘modern sporting rifles.’

It’s also not known whether this is the first time the store has taken such a step after a shooting that made national headlines.

A search of Dick’s Sporting Goods website early Tuesday morning showed a blank page for “modern sporting rifles.”

The move comes after reports that investigators were trying to determine whether the gunman in the Newtown shooting, Adam Lanza, tried to buy a gun from a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in the city of Danbury, about 12 miles away.

“At this time, reports that the suspect visited one of our stores last week have not been confirmed by law enforcement,” the sporting goods store said in a statement. “Based on our records, we can confirm that no firearms were sold to the suspect identified in this case.”


52 Comments to “Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sales Of Semi-Automatic Rifles”

    Naomi said:
    December 18, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Why is this in question? The reports have already been put out that he used his mother's guns.

    Albert Trischler said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    I say boycott The Business, if they will aid in the removal of the 2nd amendment, then we should stop shopping there and remove them from our stores to shop.

      sandy said:
      December 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      R U KIDDING ME??? screw the 2nd amendment! get those guns off the shelves! the same day there was an attack at a school in china with a knife,,,, NO ONE DEAD!!!!! each one of thos einocent children had 3 bullets in them …… get rid of the guns and yoru right to bear arms its ridiculous!!!!!! i hope obomma rocks your gun laws to shit!!!

    saster said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Good job! If you need semi-automatic rifles you need your head examined!

      Michelle W said:
      December 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      That's just what Hitler said.

        guest said:
        December 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Prove Hitler said that, would ya.

      Cindy said:
      December 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Two things, the shooter did not use a rifle and my guess you have know idea what a semi automatic anything even is.

        Guest said:
        December 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        According to the Medical Examiner, the victims were all killed with the Bushmaster which is a semi automatic AR-15 military style assault rifle. The only thing the handgun was used for was the suicide. You have no idea what you are talking about Cindy. Back to you gun nut hole.

          Chris said:
          December 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

          Wrong. An "assault rifle" requires the gun to have something called "selective fire" and that means you have to be able to choose between semi and another form of fire (either full auto or 3rd burst). An "assault weapon" is a made up term (was invented back in 1989 I believe) that is then slapped on guns that are deemed "scary" and is used to play off of the fear and ignorance of most people. Oh and lets not forget that the military rifle is the M16, the "AR" in AR15 stands for "ArmaLite" which is the company that originally came up with the design for the rifle and guns marketed under the "AR15" name have all been semi-autos (unlike the military counterpart which are true assault rifles as they have a select-fire feature).

          So you also have no clue what you're talking about and should learn to get your terms right.

      nonya said:
      December 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      You seem to be quite the ignorant idiot.

    manning said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    when will people realize that its not the guns- guns have been around since this county was founded – this tragedy is a culmination of many things: the constant acts of violence depicted in the tv and movies, the failure of our mental health system, and the failure of the nuclear family.

      Bill Curnutt said:
      December 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      All the things you cite are factors. But comparing the weaponry available to individuals in the 18th century with the high-powered weapons manufactured and sold now tells you that the weapons of today play at least some role. I would add, since you mention the nuclear family, that the decline in community has not helped matters either. It sounds like the Lanzas kept to themselves and that is not healthy, despite what those people who worship 'rugged individualism' might think (and they are wrong). Humans are social creatures and we need community to stay balanced, empathetic and not so self-absorbed.

      sandy said:
      December 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      yoru right it is the idiot behind the gun BUT if he didnt have teh abilty to shoot so many rounds so quickly there woudn't be so many dead ! GUNS are an issue in the usa regardless of what you say! the right to bear arms is crazy ! i live in canada and well …….. im hapy for that!

    Dickie said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    agree. boycott. Only way to fix this.

    Gretchen said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Semi-automatic rifles have not been around since this country was founded. The Constitution should be amended to reflect the changing times, just as it was for slavery and women's suffrage. I suppose you believe those things were wrong too, though.

      Freedom1man said:
      December 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      Slavery is still being practiced in this country thanks to those like you, who rely on the government for handouts.

        Gretchen said:
        December 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        Government handouts. Hilarious. My net worth puts me in the top 1%.

          Hunting in the Wood said:
          December 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

          Wow, a 1% Democrat. How is that redistribution thing working out for you?

      Cindy said:
      December 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      The primary purpose of the 2nd amendment was an armed citizenry would be able to fight off a tyrannical government if the need arose.
      Oh, and under the current liberal definition of semi n of semi automatic a musket fits the category.

        Gretchen said:
        December 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        I'd love to see you "fight off a tyrannical government" with any handheld gun. Governments, international and domestic, have deadlier weapons.

          Hunting in the Wood said:
          December 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

          They also have soldiers that know the difference between right and wrong. So tell me Gretchen do you carry a pistol or a cop for protection?

      CT Dude said:
      December 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      So, given your approach, we should get rid of vaccines, TVs, Computers and telephones as well… Brilliant!!

      Sue said:
      December 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      I agree cpmpletely. These types of weapons did not exist when this country was founded. These innocent children and women who were slaughtered in Newtown had RIGHTS too.
      They had the RIGHT to come home safe from school last Friday. They had the RIGHT to see their parents that evening and kiss them and hug them. They had a RIGHT to have playdates and a RIGHT to grow up and see more birthdays. If the people of our nation can not see past their selfish sick ideas that they have the RIGHT to own a semi-automatic weapon for what reasons I will NEVER understand or CARE to understand. THERE IS NO NEED! You want to own a handgun for self protection… want to hunt…own a normal rifle. NOT ONE THAT CAN BE CAPABLE of MASS KILLINGS. It is disgusting. My heart aches for those parents in Newtown.

      Dan said:
      January 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      So, by your logic the govt would be able to restrict speech conducted via cell phones (or even eliminate them) since cell phones did not exist when the Constitution was written.

      John said:
      February 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Yes they did not have these weapons but if you read the constitution it states we have the rights to the same weapons as our government. The right to bear arms was put in place to fight off tyranny & to protect yourself.
      Government has already taken away are rights from a fully automatic weapon. Semi autos are great for duck hunting too…. Yes we need them.
      Because of a bad accident in a car do we get rid of cars??? No we take the driver off the road. Think about it. Taking guns from legal citizens because of a wacko??? How is that working with all the illegal drugs…. They are still out there!!!!

    david said:
    December 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM


    Stupidity said:
    December 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Gretchen, perhaps the first amendment should be changed? Would that suit you?

      Freedom1Man said:
      December 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Would that be, because computers, phones, radios, television, the internet, and automatic printing presses were not mentioned in the constitution and the fact they did not have all those things back then?

      Those are all being used as weapons of mass deception.

    Stupidity said:
    December 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    I wonder if stores will stop selling violent video games and movies?

    Tammy J said:
    December 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Strongly agree on the boycott of Dick's and further any gifts you have purchased from Dick's for Christmas, return them and state your reason for returning them is disagreement with this policy.

      Bill Curnutt said:
      December 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      That is your right as an American and a consumer, Tammy. As it is my right, for the same reasons, to applaud the actions of Dick's Sporting Goods and resolve to shop there more often.

    Freedom1Man said:
    December 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Oh you mean like the information showing that his father was going to testify against LIBOR?

    Same as a the Bat Man Shooter in Colorado.

    Or was it because he was on doctor prescribed mind altering drugs? Like prozac, ridalin, zoloft , chantex, etc?

    Gretchen said:
    December 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I will now do all my sporting-goods shopping at Dick's.

      sandy said:
      December 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      see ther are smart ppl out there! anyone who hunts knows there is no need for a gun like this… unless of course your in the army!

      Andrew said:
      March 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Your lost and I think that once we do rise up against the government trying to take our guns they need to send people like you packing out of our free country.

    tired said:
    December 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Why doesn’t anyone see the real problem.

    Why are these shootings always young white Males between the ages of 16 & 25. Why don’t we learn to identify the reasons these shootings happen. These kids plan these

    shootings out it’s never a spontaneous decision .

      Guest said:
      December 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      They are gun nuts just like the crazies posting on the board.

        Franklin Rush said:
        December 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        And you are a head in the sand, intellectually bankrupt, evil, tyrannical fool. Willing to give away your rights and only thing that protects your liberty because "Hey, as long as I can watch TV and get fat, I'm the smart one!"

        Why don't you educate yourself as to the nearly 60 million people dead due to people like you in the last century.


    Living in the Wood said:
    December 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The only thing an assault rifle is good for is killing people. You can't hunt with it. This seems to be the gun of choice for sick people who want to kill lots of people. Why is it so hard to give up having a killing machine like this to safe guard our babies?? This is only part of the solution. Mental health is another part of it, but I don't think people are wanting gun control, but regulation. I have several guns and enjoy shooting them, but see no reason to own an assault rifle.

      Nyarlothotep said:
      December 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Because next someone will come along and decide another right to repeal. Then another one. And another one.

      You short sighted fools. Only care about yourselves and living in comfort.

      Nam Marine said:
      December 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      No one is interested in your Liberal opinion Pal!

      Hunting in the Wood said:
      December 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      I hunt with one every weekend. Don't know where you get your information, but study up buttercup. Just because you still use dial up for an internet connection doesn't I can't use RoadRunner. By definition an assault rifle is capable of selective or full automatic fire. I believe you are referring to a semi-automatic rifle.

    Qdog said:
    December 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Temporarily stopping sales of certain weapons isn't infringing on your 2nd amendment rights. Perhaps Dick's just doesn't want to take advantage in the up-tick of sales of handguns that is occurring out of respect for the families who lost loved ones.

    My opinion on the subject of the main weapon used in the shooting is this…There is no reason general population has a need for a weapon of this nature. You don't hunt with it…you don't secure your home with it (too long/unweildy). It's a killing machine. Additionally, the fact that we allow the sale of 30 round clips outside of national guard or military situations is crazy.

    Lastly, read the 2nd amendment. It is not written that every citizen has the right to own a gun. Read it.

      sandy said:
      December 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      YOU arE AWESOM!!!!!! you nailed it right on the head! no one is trying to screw with their 2nd amendment they are just trying to keep everyone safe. all of these ppl would feel differantly if it was one of their loved ones laying dead blown to pieces beyond recognition!!!

      Derek said:
      December 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      You are very ignorant on your knowledge of the 2nd amendment… In fact it does say every citizen. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated in its rulings on numerous occasions that the “people” referred to in the 2nd admendment are in fact the same “people” mentioned throughout the the 1st admendment and the others…the people are ALL of the citizens of this country

        Hunting in the Wood said:
        December 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        Hey Qdog, it's a magazine not a clip. These are very efficient hunting rifles. But I'm glad you know what I need to defend my home. Just the sight of mine will make the bad guy leave without a shot being fired. BTW, the average person can do more damage with a shotgun than a rifle.

    Anonymous said:
    December 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I don't think it is a gun problem, people need to stop pointing the finger at guns, and start looking at the real picture. I don't care if you are for guns, or against them, the bottom line is people kill people. Parents need to start paying more attention to thier children and the way they are raising them, and it is also they way the media is influencing society, and a number of other things. I feel banning certain firearms will not accomplish anything. The only thing it will do, is force the people who are planning acts of violence to use other means. All i am trying to say is people will always commit acts of evil against one another, and nothing will ever change that. The second amendment does in fact state,'' the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." No disrespect to the post above mine but, that sounds like it is saying that all people have the right to own a gun. I feel that you were trying to ask the question, ''Should all citizens own a gun?"

    Nam Marine said:
    December 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    More "Cowards" fall to the Liberal agenda!

    Steve said:
    December 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    First of all guns dont kill people; people kill people. Second, anything that can be used to inflict physical harm to another human being is a "weapon", and in so doing, it becomes an "assault weapon". Look up both these words in your dictionary. So, a knife, bat, golf club, fist, car, hammer etc. are all assault weapons if used to harm another person; try outlawing those fools.
    I'm sick and tired of you idiotic liberals telling me what kind of firearm I can and should or should not own. I dont tell you what kind of car or home you should own, so mind your own damn business.
    And yes Qdog, the 2nd ammendment does guarantee the right to bear arms. Who do you think owned the guns that fought the British for our independence from England and it's tyrannical ruler?
    Our guns that are owned by "law abiding citizens" are all that stand between our liberty and freedom being taken away by another tyrant.
    Wake up Americans! Your freedoms and Liberties are on the chopping block!

      Ro said:
      December 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Regardless of how it’s said, I agree the comment of “…guns don’t kill people; people kill people…”
      Maybe some people have a false sense of security or some other reason. I had a large dog that someone cut her front legs off and stabbed her. This was done within an hour of time. The neighbors surrounding me had their dogs taken too. I hope to God they never learned what torture theirs may have gone through and yes the yards were fenced in.

      Those children in China will have visible scars. Now tell me a knife can’t be as bad as a gun.

      The point is, regardless if people like it or not, it is a right we have that no one should take away from the rest. The police aren’t a second away from your door. Ask anyone who survived any sort of aggression.

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