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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 Alpharetta off North Point Parkway.

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.

Jeff Paulk December 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
You morons. You can't defend the innocent by disarming the innocent, or preventing them from arming themselves. Why don't GM, Ford, and Chrysler discontinue making automobiles so we don't have drunk driving fatalities? It makes just as much sense. This is a typical, stupid, knee-jerk reaction to a horrendous tragedy. Arm the teachers instead of making it a felony to carry weapons on school property. It works in Israel.

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