Semi-Automatic Weapons Suspended From Sporting Goods Chain
Listed as "modern sporting rifles"
In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods has removed all guns from its location nearest Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain semi-automatic weapons nationwide. The sporting goods chain released a statement extending their “deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy.” There was no indication how long the suspension of semi-automatic rifles, listed in the store catalog as “modern sporting rifles,” would last.
Investigators are currently trying to determine whether shooter Adam Lanza had attempted to buy a gun from a Dick’s in the nearby city of Danbury, Connecticut, prior to the shooting. In a separate statement Dick’s said they had confirmed through their own records that no firearms were sold to the shooter.
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