Following the shooting in Newtown, Conn., Dick’s Sporting Goods has removed guns from all store locations near the town — and is suspending sale of “modern sporting rifles” in store locations nationwide.
CNN reported the sporting goods retailer’s statement, which said the move was out of respect. “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said.
The move comes after reports that investigators were trying to determine whether the gunman in the Newtown shooting, Adam Lanza, tried to buy a gun from a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in the city of 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.”
According to the company’s website, the chain has 511 stores in 44 states. It’s unclear how long the suspension will last.
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