Dick’s suspends sale of certain semi-automatic rifles

Posted on: 8:15 am, December 18, 2012, by , updated on: 06:25pm, December 18, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One Winston-Salem pawn shop owner, whose gun sales are up in recent days, is surprised that megastore Dick’s Sporting Goods is suspending the sale of modern sport rifles at it’s stores nationwide.

Kay Duncan of Brass Balls Pawn on Main Street in Winston-Salem says, “I’ve already had three calls this morning on different larger assault rifles.”

A gun enthusiast her whole life, Duncan says she doesn’t understand why one of her larger competitors would take the guns off the shelf temporarily, especially at a time when people are looking to buy guns.

“I don’t understand it. I just think if they are going to put them right back out why bother,” says Duncan.

In an online statement Dick’s Sporting Goods said, “we are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community. 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 our stores chainwide.”

Duncan says she fears people concerned over tougher gun control laws, wanting to buy guns now could look to do it illegally if stores like Dick’s decide not to sell the guns.

“Whatever someone is looking for they can find.  It’s best they do it legally that way we get them on record do their background checks and we know where those guns are,” Duncan says.

No word on when Dick’s plans to lift the suspension of rifle sales.