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Dick’s Sporting Goods Caves in to Pressure and Sells Newtown Massacre Rifles at Spinoff Store

The line to purchase these firearms was so long that customers were required to take numbers

You have to love the chutzpah. Last December, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the country’s largest retailer of outdoor and sporting equipment, suspended sales of modern sporting rifles “out of respect” for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. Was this necessary? Maybe not. Nothing could bring back the 20 children and six educators whom authorities say Adam Lanza shot and killed with a Bushmaster AR-15. But it was a nice gesture. One intended to show that even though Dick’s is a company like any other, people are still more important than profits.

Or are they? After a dip in gun sales and a bevy of customer complaints, Dick’s has apparently found a loophole to its promise. The company is keeping modern sporting rifles out of its namesake stores, but fully stocking them at it’s new hunting and fishing spinoff, Field & Stream. We called Dick’s on Aug. 8 and 9 and they declined to answer our questions about whether the spinoff would be selling AR-15 style rifles.

Dick's said the following in a press release: "The Field & Stream store will offer an assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more." For more of the story, check out our coverage here

So, we did a bit of research and learned that the first ever Field & Stream was opening on Friday in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and decided to check out the big guns.

We weren’t the only ones looking for an AR-15. The line to purchase these firearms was so long that customers were required to take numbers. And the selection was excellent! So excellent, in fact, that we decided to take pictures (see below). The guns for sale included the Remington AR-15s, S&W AR-15s as well as Stag and DPMS AR-15s. Oh, and don’t forget the Bushmaster used by Lanza.

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A clerk confirmed that Dick’s namesake locations still don’t sell these guns, but that they do stock their ammo.

Selling these guns isn’t against the law. But the law isn’t the point. It’s pretty lame to act pious and concerned and say you aren’t going to do something, and then turn around and do it under the auspices of a “separate” company.

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  • Um…cars, knives, hammers, ball bats….all used in murders, all still sold in stores.  Buy a brain, even a used cancer ridden alzheimer soaked one as it will perform far better than the one you are using now.

  • There’s only one way to stop a lunitic with a gun… An armed, and courageous adversary. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

  • While a very tragic event, you do realize that an AR-15 was not used to shoot anyone at Sandy Hook.

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    • You’re right about Sandy Hook but an AR-15 was used by James E. Holmes, who opened fire and killed 12 people in a movie theater in Colorado, and by Jacob Roberts, who shot and killed two people and then took his own life in a shopping mall near Portland, OR.

      But I guess these two incidents and countless others don’t count in your mind……..

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      • Do you honestly believe the end justifies all means to get there? Lying, deceit and misrepresentation by our civic leaders and our President who represents our nation to the rest of the world, to disarm law abiding citizens is not the way to go. You must live a sheltered life and despise the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. To solve your issue with our right to self preservation against criminals, pedophiles, cereal killers, and racial hate, maybe you should move to Chicago or better yet, Mexico where guns are outlawed.

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      • You just said “cereal killers”…. CEREAL KILLERS. Alongside pedophiles and criminals. We all pick up a spoon and have a bowl of cheerios every now and then. You hypocrite.

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      • My cereal never killed anyone! I also will NOT kill you out of “Racial Hate.” I don’t hate anyone that much, to want to kill them.After 30 years in law enforcement, I don’t want to see another firearm. Go in peace!

      • Okay chimpypants, if he had used a pair of garden shears, would you ban those too?  Does stupid hurt? It should.

  • Yea… I guess a gun store cares more about the people who actually buy their product instead of cry babies sitting in the bleachers that don’t buy guns. What a concept!

  • You make some excellent points but the desire to own a gun seems to have engulfed the entire Newton community since as a number of news organizations have reported “Police said the Connecticut town — where 26 students and six staffers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School during gunman Adam Lanza’s massacre — has already had 211 permit requests this year, a number far above the 171 requested in 2012 and the 99 in 2011.”

    nydailynews.com/news/national/request-gun-permits-double-newtown-connecticut-article-1.1426754#ixzz2cS1uYQtd

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