Dick's Sporting Goods to Suspend Sale of Semi-Automatic Rifles

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM EDT

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, sporting goods chain Dick's Sporting Goods released a statement Tuesday saying that they will be suspending the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles.

Dick's also said it will be removing all guns from display at its location closest to Newtown, Connecticut, where Friday's shooting took place.

The chain says they have made their decision out of respect for the victims' families. Dick's has more than 500 stores in 44 states.

The statement from Dick's reads:

"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 of our stores chainwide.

"We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy."

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