Dick's Sporting Goods Suspends Sales of 'Modern Sporting Rifles'

The company suspended the sales chainwide, and removed all guns from sale and display at its store closest to Newtown, CT.


Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of its stores chainwide, the company announced on its website. This includes the Dick's store in Canton off of Cumming Highway.

In a story first reported on CNN, the company made the decision in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, that left 20 children and 6 school staff members dead.

"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," company officials announced on the website.

"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," the statement continued.

"We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy," it concluded.

A modern sporting rifle, a term used for a semi-automatic rifle, is a type of rifle that fires a single bullet each time the trigger is pulled, according to USLegal.com, Wikipedia and many online dictionaries.

No date was given for the return of sales of those types of guns.

What do you think of Dick's Sporting Goods' decision? Tell us in the comments! 

lea barrera December 18, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Its not the guns that are the problem, its all the crazy sick people in the world thats the problem. Keeping in mind these people are crazy, if they wanted to harm someone and did not own a gun.. they would still find a way to harm people. Sad but true. And what will be sad is the day you are not able to have a gun to protect yourself from these crazy people.
Col. Korn December 19, 2012 at 03:27 AM
My Comment to Dicks: "and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide."... It is because of people like YOU that this tragedy happened in the first place. NOT because you sold guns, but because you cave in to pressure and have thus: contributed to the sheep-like mentality that prevented people from stopping that lunatic with law abiding force of their own. So, O.K Dick-Heads, You just lost all of OUR business Nationwide. Sincerely, The Department Heads, OXOjamm Studios.
RCG December 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Another politically correct response to a problem that doesn't exist ... It's not the guns -- it's the crazy's that the liberals have refused for 20 years to let be put away to protect the general population -- has Dicks taken their guns out of their Chicago stores ?? Of course not, even though Chicago has at least 10 shooting every weekend. What hypocrisy !!!


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