Dick's Sporting Goods Halts Sales of Some Rifles
As private equity company tries to offload company that makes Bushmaster
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2012 9:49 AM CST
In this March 27, 2006 file photo, a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition is seen at the Seattle Police headquarters in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – Dick's Sporting Goods has pulled all of its guns from its location closest to Newtown, Connecticut, and has pulled some models of semi-automatic rifles from all its stores, the company announced today. On the company's website today, the page for "modern sporting rifles" is blank, CNN reports. (It adds that authorities are reviewing whether Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun from a Dick's 12 miles from Newtown.) Walmart, meanwhile, is still selling rifles, though it pulled a photo and description of the Bushmaster AR-15—the type used at Newtown—from its website.

They're not the only companies trying to distance themselves from the assault rifle. Cerberus Capital Management announced it plans to sell off its Freedom Group family of gun makers, the New York Times reports. Cerberus bought Bushmaster back in 2006, and later launched the Freedom Group, a combo of it and other gun manufacturers, including Remington Arms. "It is apparent that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a watershed event that has raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level," the private equity firm explained in a press release. (Click for more on the Bushmaster's lethal history.)

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barry soetoro
Feb 7, 2015 1:46 PM CST
(Forensic PROOF) NO AR-15 at SANDY HOOK. NEWTOWN was a Hoax. Photos HERE: http://ppsimmons.blogspot.ca/2015/02/sandy-hook-police-couldnt-find-shotgun.html
rich1120
Dec 19, 2012 9:53 AM CST
My respone: Guns don't kill, people do. I have had some guns in my Gun/rifle Case (cabinet) for over 50 years. I only use them for Hunting, I have to take that gun/rifle out of the gun case which requires my action. I have to LOAD a gun/rifle before I'm able to shoot it, that's take My actions, I have to aim that gun/rifle at something or someone that's takes my action. To fire that gun/rifle by squeeseing the trigger it's takes my action. Now please explain to me if it take all these actions for me to fire a round than how can anyone say a gun/rifle kills.. Now please explain to me if my actions are required to load, aim and shoot that gun/rifle than how can it kill without some type action by someone. Only people that never use or own a gun/rifle will say its the gun/rifle fault. Than all the Knives, Bow & Arrows, Cars, Trucks, Boats, SUV's and ATV'S, AIRPLANES and the list go's on, They also need to be control as they kill, in some cases more than Guns/Rifles and they can be and have been used to kill others. What I do approve of is make some type of control on the size of clip or magizine that hols only 3 to 5 bullets, as there no reason to have a clip that hold 10, 15, 20 50 or a 100 rounds. But of course no matter how many laws are in place on firearm controls the criminals will be the able get what he/she wants, all they have to do is pay the price or steal it.. The law abidding citizen will folow the law, not the criminals. We need toughest prison sentences when law are broken by the criminal, not the resort they are sent to. Thank You
793tango
Dec 18, 2012 4:59 PM CST
One thing about corporate America; you can count on them to duck controversy whenever possible. Bad for business. seems they've finally had enough of this controversy and will dump it as fast as they can.