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Dick's Removes Sporting Rifles From Stores

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut last week, the sporting goods chain has decided to remove guns from stores.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has removed all “modern sporting rifles” from their stores nationwide as well as all guns from sale and display in its store nearest to Newtown, Conn., in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings last week.

“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,” according to a company press release.

“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 press release said. "We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy."

Dick’s Sporting Goods has more than 500 stores in 44 states, including one in Smithfield.

For complete coverage of the Sandy Brook Elementary School shooting, visit our sister Patch site in Newtown.

Caroline December 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
What a wonderful show of support. Dick's Sporting Goods demonstrates that it's not all about the money. I would definitly be more apt to shop there. Great Job.
Kathleen M. Howland December 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I was at the Wegman's shopping center and wanted to get a gift for my husband at a sporting goods store. Dick's was right there but I left the center, drove across town past my house to go to the Sports Authority where they don't sell guns at all
marko December 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
i will do ALL my christmas shopping at dicks to show my support
Anahit Oha December 20, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Too bad , soon only psychopaths will have guns :( even tasers are illegal in this state. In respect to those families who lost children they should pay for psychiatric evaluation of people getting licensed.
Anahit Oha December 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Or for window bars , fence For schools and donate to police !
LuAnn December 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I would just like to know how you people plan on protecting yourselves when ALL guns are banned? Have you thought about that? Obviously NOT!
Dick's Sucks December 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I will not spend a dime at Dick's and for all of you anti-2nd amendment clowns posting how you will now shop at Dick's yea right I don't think they sell any organic bullsh_t and that is what you are on
Proud Resident of Northborough December 30, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Not to wreck a good story, BUT...... I was in Dick's (Northboro) yesterday and they were selling both ammunition and firearms.

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