Dick's, Walmart Suspend Sales of Certain Firearms

The Newtown, Conn. school shooting has spurred some retailers to suspend gun sales.

*Clarification 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18: Walmart sells ammunition but not guns in California; Dick's Sporting Goods in Murrieta does not sell guns; Big 5 in Murrieta sells handguns and some rifles. Further, a pdf of California's gun laws—by which many semi-automatic rifles are illegal—has been attached to this article.

Christmas shopping for the outdoorsman in many parts of the country may be a little different this year.

Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of semi-automatic weapons at its stores following , according to a report from CNN.

The chain, which has 511 stores in 44 states, including one in Murrieta*, posted this message to its website:

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. 

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 that's in the same group of guns as the one reportedly used by Lanza from its web store, 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 department, but did not receive a comment as of press time.

Big 5 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 5*, but did not receive a comment as of press time.

SA December 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
This is completely ridiculous; the nut job killer used hand guns. Still it is not the guns that kill people it is the person pulling the trigger….
Mr. Logical December 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Evil people using guns are killing people. We all get it, guns don't have legs to carry themselves to shoot people. Nuclear weapons 'don't kill people' either, I suppose. So lets all carry nuclear weapons because 'they don't kill people'. Come up with a logical and reasonable argument for the sales and purchase of assault weapons.
Entitlement Queen December 18, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Hypocrite Democrat Libtards promote kid killing abortion and yet portray themselves as the protectors of kids by advocating a gun ban. ROTFLMFAO
SA December 18, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Crap sorry I stand corrected. I had it stuck in my head that he used the handguns and left the Bushmaster in his car.
Entitlement Queen December 18, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Well it will still be easy to get weapons. There are states close by that sell what California won't. I am getting a 20 round clip for my semi auto 12 gauge soon . Merry Xmas.and arm all teachers.and staff and train them. The Principal would not have died if she could have fired back instead of charging the gunman unarmed. The answer is to arm all the responsible people so they can fire back. The idea of disarming most so we can be victims of the criminals that ignore the law is pure stupidity. Citizens deserve to be better armed than any criminal and that includes having access to assault rifles and large magazines. People usually are very nervous and miss during a firing exchange and it takes multiple shots to hit the target.
Fauntleroy Murphy December 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I thought it was a bushmaster? And dangit my favorite TV show was cancelled.
Erin December 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
This post isn't the place for everyone to put in their 2 cents about how teachers should have concealed weapons or for liberals to demand gun control. It was more so to inform everyone measures the public is taking to help those affected by the tragedy feel better about the situation. Let go of your political banter for two seconds and agree that this country, the state of Connecticut and the city of Newtown are mourning right now.
Entitlement Queen December 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Yes Steve i agree about your take on confrontational shooting. i have done boot camps at places in Las Vegas . They last up to a week but are awesome at keeping you sharp. I started firing weapons at 7 and sad to say my target of choice was birds. i am not proud of that as far as killing for sport but it sure made shooting and hitting a target as easy as riding a bike. i think those Vets you spoke about could do even better.
Dale Stone December 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM
This is a great idea. What we can do is lay off afew more teachers, and hire gun-toting security guards to protect the school kids.
WrigsMom December 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Hmmm...just a point I'd like to make.....his first victim was armed. In fact she had more than one assault weapon. And guess what is mother is DEAD! So much for being well armed.
WrigsMom December 19, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Well stated Erin......thank you!
Entitlement Queen December 19, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Erin the ONLY way to feel better is if the kids are truly protected. Gun bans don't protect because then only the criminals and crazies are armed and they can massacre with the police again showing up after the fact. i would feel much better if armed protection of many kinds were on school grounds and they could fire back and stop the carnage on the spot. Obama and his Libtards are trying to throw fake safety of gun control our way but once this settles down we will make sure calmer and more logical adult decisions prevail.
Entitlement Queen December 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Althea just because she had a weapon does not mean she used it well. Besides there was an element of surprise to her murder. I am sure mothers are not expecting their sons to point a gun at them
Joy Peace December 19, 2012 at 03:54 AM
This is ridiculous. Taking the people's guns away will solve nothing. It will only leave us defenseless, while criminals and psychos will feel free to access them. If you doubt me, take a peek at Chicago.
Joy Peace December 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
And yes, the person pulling the trigger is responsible!
Erin December 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Honestly entitlement queen while I respect your view on this we ALL are entitled to our own opinions, including me so you telling me what to think isn't your place. I don't agree with you on making armed protection a priority. These things happen because there are children that are bullied, have mental issues, and have access to weapons.
Lori Kennedy-Cavins December 19, 2012 at 05:10 PM
It's the humans that kill the humans, not the object that they carry. Anything can be made a weapon: vehicles, sticks, rocks, etc ..... Those stores banning the sell of ammo and or guns are very stupid to believe they are doing a good thing. Why don't they donate to the families and community where these tragedies occur, items that could benefit them in some way. Why not donate funds to help those with "mental health" issues. That is the source of the problem ... not the gun.
Kevin December 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
These problems with kids like this begins at home with the parents. How do we get these parents to wake up and take action with there kids. Time outs simply don't work. Either smack their ass when they are young or get them into treatment if issues continue. Ignoring them creates monsters.
Erin December 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Lori, that is EXACTLY what needs to be done. Couldn't agree more.
Timber December 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
"suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles" (Dick's Sporting Goods) First, let me make myself clear, retailers of these items can and do exercise their option to sell or not sell rifles or hand guns. I have no issues with that. The issue is the disconnect from reality in concert with the facts related to the circumstances surrounding this heart-wrenching event. The rifles and/or hand-guns used by the perpetrator in this crime were not obtained by lawful means they were stolen by way of murdering the lawful owner. The system did stop the perpetrator from acquiring firearms through lawful channels. Paper law does not stop criminal behavior and activities. The means of resistance can and does halt criminal behavior everyday. Most of the time these events are not considered newsworthy, if they are reported at all.
John Crawford December 21, 2012 at 01:38 PM
the people at dicks sporting goods are stupid look how much money they could be making
WrigsMom December 23, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Entitlement Queen....thank you for proving my point! Most gun owners don't know how to use them well and the element of surprise is always present! Duh!


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