Semi-Automatic Rifles Selling Fast at Walmart
Bloomberg reports they're out of stock in some states
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 7:27 PM CST
This 2006 file photo shows a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition on display at Seattle police headquarters. It was the type used by the Sandy Hook shooter.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – The decision by Dick's Sporting Goods to suspend sales of "modern sporting rifles"—industry vernacular for weapons similar to M-16s—might be paying off for Walmart. Bloomberg reports that the semi-automatic weapons are out of stock at many Walmarts across the country, including those in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Alabama. Walmart sells about 10 types of the rifles, though it removed a description and photo of the Bushmaster AR-15—the gun used at Sandy Hook Elementary—from its online store after the shootings.

Guns are big money-makers at Walmart, but the chain doesn't disclose exact numbers. (One of its Black Friday sales was $50 off a Sig Sauer M400, putting it at $867.) In addition to the surging gun sales, Bloomberg says prices of handgun magazines are rising quickly on eBay. Four Glock magazines were going for $118 today, up from $45 the day before the shooting. Shooter Adam Lanza had a Glock with him, too. Two related stories:

  • The Daily Beast is collecting responses to a simple query: "Why do you own a gun? And if you don’t own a gun, why not?" It's turning out to be an interesting forum for both sides.
  • The Nation has a piece headlined "How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America."

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Dec 20, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Don't care Scout I was 3rd of the 39th of the 9th Mekong Delta two tours and semi auto gets the job done I don't believe these weapons should be in the hands of the general public. Anarchists are the enemy of the people they are home grown terrorists Adam Lanza was a terrorist plain and simple. The rights of gun owners are infringing on the rights of the innocent general public. The second amendment is not God given it''s man given and man taken away. The NRA and the gun lobby have it all wrong and taken it beyond imagination the time for change has come. Buy then up it's a waste of money their all going to be destroyed.
Dec 20, 2012 2:14 AM CST
THESE ARE NOT AR-15s FOLKS ! The semi-automatic civilian version is the AR-12 !!!!! From the very start Colt has very irresponsibly stamped the receivers of all M-16s as "AR-15" but that is not the case! I wish people in this country were not so ignorant! And NONE of the Viet Nam era General Motors Hydramatic Division M-16s were AR-12s, if any still exist. This is like calling Notebook ccomputers "Laptops" which they are not... Laptop was a nomenclature, not a nickname, and the Laptop computer has not been manufactured for at least 40 years! The mis-directed ignorance in our country is astonishingly gross! (I am a life member of National Defense Indstrial Association and a former US ArmyFirst Cavalry Division (Airmobile) recon scout)
Dec 20, 2012 1:10 AM CST
I am a Liberal and I love my guns!