Gun Sales Suspended
Updated: Wednesday, December 19 2012, 07:47 AM EST
One of the largest sporting goods retailers in the country made the decision to suspend the sale of all guns from its store closest to Newtown and firearms have been removed from display. Dick's Sporting Goods says it's out of respect for the Sandy Hook victims and their families during this time of national mourning.
A similar move effects the chain's 450 other stores nationwide, including the Asheville location. All modern sporting rifles will not be sold for now. The company has declined to comment regarding how long this will be in effect. They are also not saying which types of semi-automatic weapons are involved.
Small stores like On Target in Asheville are having trouble keeping a lot of semi-auto model rifles in-stock since Friday's school shootings. They've sold out of the Bushmaster AR 15 that was used in the attack and are still unable to get any more from the distributor. It appears customers are being driven by fear of possible stricter gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook.
The National Rifle Association issued a statement saying:
"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters - and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.
Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.
The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21."
By Frank Kracher
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