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Petition Asks Dick's to End Ammunition Sales

Gun control advocates are asking the Moon-based sporting goods retailer to stop stocking high-powered magazines.

A Mississippi teacher is circulating a petition online requesting that Dick's Sporting Goods discontinue the sale of high-powered ammunition in light of a Colorado movie theater massacre that killed 12 and wounded 58. 

The petition, which has gained more than 4,000 signatures, asks the national sporting goods retailer, which is headquartered in Moon Township, to stop selling high-capacity magazines in its stores and online.  

24-year-old James Holmes is charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder after Colorado police said he opened fire last month in a theater during a showing of the Batman film Dark Knight Rises, killing more than a dozen moviegoers.

Authorities said he used a high-powered, semi-automatic assault rifle in the shooting that was capable of unloading as many as 50 to 60 rounds per minute. He also brought two Glock pistols and a shotgun with him to the theater, according to the Associated Press. 

Read the petition here.

The petition was started by Mississippi health teacher Getty Israel, who says pulling high-capacity ammunition from store shelves could deter a similar massacre, according to a statement from MoveOn.org, which has endorsed the effort. 

Dick's Sporting Goods could not be reached for comment and has not yet responded to the petition. The company operates more than 500 locations across the country, including South Hills Village, where a new location is under construction.

This story originally appeared on Robinson-Moon Patch

DSA August 08, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Mike - they sell sporting goods, shooting is a sport. you don't use them to hunt, that doesn't mean you can't sell them at a spot that sells sporting goods. you're pretty naive if you think 1 retailer halting the sale of 30-round clips will decrease those awful crimes. i'd lay down a bet that says 99.9% of people who buy that ammo use it for sport or at a range, and not to kill people.
Mike Jones August 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
DSA... You're obviously right that the vast majority of gun owners don't use their weapons/ammunition to kill. And I have no problem with Dick's selling guns and ammunition. But I just fail to see the need for 30-round clips and I've never received an explanation why law-abiding gunowners need them. I know gun control is a dirty word, but there has to be some line in the sand. The average citizen isn't permitted to own a tank or nuclear weapons, for instance.
MikeS August 08, 2012 at 03:46 PM
What is the difference between a 30-round clip and 3 10-round clips? 6-10 seconds total (assuming 3-5 seconds to drop a clip and put a new one in) . Much less if the clips are taped together. So, when some nut kills a bunch of people using 10-round clips, are we going to ban 10 round clips, and only allow 6 round clips? Only allow single shot rifles? The most recent FBI figures show just 358 of the 8,775 murders by firearm in 2010 involved rifles of any type. By comparison, 745 people were beaten to death with only hands that year.
Mike Jones August 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
That's a great point, MikeS. In fact, the Virginia Tech shooter did not have extended magazines when he killed 32 people with a couple 9mm pistols in 2007. But since I'm not a gun owner, is it more cumbersome to carry the smaller clips because you need more of them? If they're easy to reload quickly, is there much of a difference between using an extended magazine or using smaller clips at the range?
Kevin November 16, 2012 at 07:22 PM
MJ: Most states have a 5 round max when you are hunting. Who said Dick's sold them to hunters?. So your question of who "needs" 30 rounds for hunting is irrelevant. They are used in other shooting sports. FYI magazine holds the round, "clip" is the often misused term for it, but never "magazine clip". the term "extended magazine" is what? Extended from what is relative to what it came with. You can order the gun with a variety of magazine capacity. So if I started with a 30 round magazine from the factory and purchased an additional magazine it's not extended. So you rational is if we can get Dick's to stop selling magazines that carry 30 rounds or more then we will have fewer deaths. Really? Can I tell you that with 10 minutes of instruction and practice I can have you fire 3 20 round magazines in under 20 seconds. So now you're in Massachusetts or California and they say you can only have a 10 round magazine. will it prevent "mass shooting"? Guess what, you can do a magazine change in under a second and Mr. Wacko still fires his 40 to 50 rounds in 30 seconds. Mr. wacko who "sprays" rounds with little to no aiming is far less effective then someone methodically choosing targets and taking "kill shots". (with his MA. compliant 10 round mag.) Think US special forces vs. unorganized radicals with AK-47 fully auto weapons. Remember in the theater shooting many of the wounded was a result of the shotgun, his AR rifle jammed.

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