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Dick’s Sporting Goods suspends sale of sporting rifles

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The Connecticut school shooting is having an impact on gun sales.

Managers at Dick's Sporting Goods say they have stopped selling sporting rifles out of respect to the victims and their families.

Tuesday they issued the following statement:

"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."

Wal-Mart has also pulled ads for the Bushmaster rifle from its website, although it continues to sell the rifle at stores, as well as similar rifles online. Reaction to the move by the retailers is mixed.

"After that terrible tragedy in Connecticut I was like, its fine, maybe it is time to do something , but then after I had a few days to think about it I'm not so sure that's the answer," said gun rights supporter Bill Santschi.

Some of those who spoke to FOX 7 consider the sales reactions an over-reaction.

"Until you kind of look at all of the details as to what the sporting rifle is as to the handgun versus the rifle versus the hunting there's a lot to that ... I think it's a lot more complex than just do this and be done with it," said Cedar Park resident Katrina Barton.

Sales at local gun shops have picked up because of speculation that Congress will pass some type of ban. It is not known who long Dick's Sporting Goods will continue its self-imposed sales ban.

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