Dick's Sporting Goods Removes Rifles from Danbury Store

Dick's Sporting Goods at the Danbury Fair Mall removed its rifles and other firearms from its shelves and is leaving them empty until further notice out of respect for the shooting victims and their families in Newtown and beyond.


Dick's Sporting Goods issued the following release, "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.

"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 modern sporting rifle looks like an assault weapon, although it isn't one. It was removed from all Dick's Stores.

"We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy."

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Elena December 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thank you, Dick's Sporting Goods. I was shopping for my nephew, who is in middle school. Everything seemed so "young" for him, and I saw the Nerf guns...then I thought, no, I don't want to see someone even with a Nerf gun...I respect your store very much.


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