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Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods Pull Guns From Shelves In Response To CT Massacre

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(CBS Seattle / CBS SF) – Four days after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., two major retailers have announced that they are pulling certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles off store shelves.

Walmart announced Monday that the chain is pulling the Bushmaster Rifle from its web store, a military-style weapon similar to that used by 20-year-old Adam Lanza in the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six staff members Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lanza also fatally shot his mother Friday before killing himself.

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California’s Response

Meanwhile, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Tuesday morning that it will be suspending sales of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chain stores nationwide.

Walmart has six stores in the Puget Sound region. Dick’s has outlets in Renton and Puyallup.

Dick’s issued a statement in response to the suspension:

“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.”

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

It is unclear how long the suspension will last.

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