Dick’s Sports Goods discontinues sale of semiautomatic weapons in wake of Newtown

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DANBURY, Conn. — Dick’s Sporting Goods is making some changes to their stores in the wake of last week’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

According to KTLA, the retailer is pulling certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles off its shelves nationwide.

Dick’s says it will also be removing all guns from its stores nearest to Newtown, Connecticut.

The decision came out of respect for the victims and their families, the store said in a statement on Tuesday, “during this time of national mourning.”

“We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said.

It was unclear how long the store will keep the suspension in place for the guns, known as “modern sporting rifles.” It’s also not known whether this is the first time the store has taken such a step after a shooting that made national headlines.

A search of Dick’s Sporting Goods website early Tuesday morning showed a blank page for “modern sporting rifles.”

The move comes after reports that investigators were trying to determine whether the Newtown gunman tried to buy a gun from a Dick’s in Danbury, about 12 miles away.

“At this time, reports that the suspect visited one of our stores last week have not been confirmed by law enforcement,” the sporting goods store said in a statement.

“Based on our records, we can confirm that no firearms were sold to the suspect identified in this case.”