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Dick's Sporting Goods Takes Some Rifles Off the Shelves Nationwide

Retailer's stores include several Twin Cities locations, including Minnetonka.

The Dick's Sporting Goods chain said Tuesday that it is suspending sales of some rifles nationwide because of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, USA Today is reporting.

Dick's Sporting Goods has more than 500 stores in 44 states with Twin Cities locations including Minnetonka, Richfield, Maple Grove, Burnsville, Roseville and Woodbury. 

In a statement, the Pittsburgh-based sporting goods retailer said today, "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."

It's not clear how long the suspension will last, according to USA Today.

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