Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. has stopped selling modern sporting rifles in stores nationwide in the wake of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last week.
The Findlay retailer released a statement this morning that said:
"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.
"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.
"We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy."
The company did not say how long it planned to leave the measures in place.
The company operates more than 500 Dick's Sporting Goods stores in 44 states selling everything from clothing and shoes to fitness equipment and camping gear.
Nationally, the shooting deaths Friday of 28 people in Newtown, including 20 children, have led to renewed calls for gun control measures.
Teresa F. Lindeman: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 412-263-2018. First Published December 18, 2012 3:00 PM