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Dick’s, Walmart Suspend Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles—What Do You Think?

In wake of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Dick's has removed all guns from the store closest to Newtown, Conn.

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, has suspended sales of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its stores nationwide. cuyahoga falls

The company, which is headquartered in Moon Township, PA, also has removed all guns from its chain closest to Newtown, CT.

The move follows a decision made by Walmart, which pulled the Bushmaster gun from its website on Monday.

In a statement, Dick's said the move was made out of respect to the victims and families of Newtown. Friday’s shooting left 20 children, all between the ages of 6 and 7, and six adults dead.

The nearest Walmart is on Hudson Drive in Stow. The closest Dick's is on Buchholzer Boulevard in Akron.

“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,” a statement on the Dick’s website said.

CNN reports authorities are working to determine if Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter who killed himself inside the elementary school once the shooting spree was over, tried to buy a gun at the Dick’s Sporting Goods in Danbury, which is about 12 miles away from Newtown.

“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 to CNN. "Based on our records, we can confirm that no firearms were sold to the suspect identified in this case."

It is unknown how long the ban on the semi-automatic rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles, will last, CNN reports.

What do you think, Cuyahoga Falls? Do you agree with Dick’s and Walmart's decisions to suspend sales of semi-automatic rifles? What about removing the guns from the store near Newtown?

Should the weapons be banned permanently?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jack Kelly December 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
How many times are you going to post this stupidity, Beavis?
Jack Kelly December 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Could not care less.
Earl Elevant December 21, 2012 at 04:38 AM
It's a valid point, Mehoff. Deal with it.
Earl Elevant December 21, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I think Obama has just solved the economy problem by the perceived threat to bring back the assault weapons ban. Gun sales are HUGE right now.
THOMAS KANE January 31, 2013 at 05:36 PM
The store owners can sell whatever they like its their right as owner.If this is the reason,and not pressure or govermental intimidation.Personally, this is pleasing too certain eyes and purely symbollic and doesnt stop a thing.During the so called previous ban,we had over 90,000 gang members very well armed in illegal,non tracable black market weapons which will always be available.This makes this upcoming possible ban pretty much moot.It does make huge cash amounts move though.

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