Store suspends sale of "modern sporting rifles"

7:49 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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A national retailer took a stand that is stirring debate.

Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of "modern sporting rifles."

They made the move to show respect for Newtown, Connecticut.

"...during this 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," a statement read on the store's website.

10News asked two people close to the debate if other stores should follow suit.

"No.  I don't think so.  We operate within the confines of the law so whatever the law dictates we do," said Randy Bowman of Randy's Guns and Knives on North Broadway Street.

"It's simple math.  They're all going to have to do the same thing.  Either all sell them or not sell them.  I would like to see all of them take the stance and pull them off the market," said Douglas Veum, vice-chairman of Knox County Democrats.

There is a rumor that Walmart changed what guns they sell.  Walmart tells 10News they are dedicated to the safe sale of firearms and that no changes have been made.

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