Dick’s Sporting Goods in Chattanooga is temporarily halting sales of its modern sporting rifle after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left 20 students and six adults dead last week.
A store manager confirmed the move locally but said he couldn’t comment further. He said that corporate officials didn’t tell them how long the moratorium will last, and he didn’t want to guess.
Leaders with Dick’s said in a statement that they removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles nationwide.
CNN reported that it’s unclear how long the suspension will last, and leaders at Dick’s corporate office couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment Tuesday morning.
“We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, Conn., and our hearts go out to the victims and their families and to the entire community,” Dick’s leaders said, according to the statement.
Leaders said the move was made “out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning,” also according to the statement.
Gawker reported that the investment firm that owns several major firearms manufacturers wants out of the business.
And several outlets reported that gun sales are surging after the mass shooting.
Updated @ 12:16 p.m. on 12/18/12 to ad more information as it became available.