UTAH – In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week, various Utah business enterprises have addressed gun control rights and responsibilities through commercial actions.
“Like everyone else in the country, the management of KSL is profoundly saddened by the tragedy in Connecticut. In the wake of this and other similar incidents, important questions have been raised about the ease of access to guns. These questions deserve time for careful consideration and we are confident that an appropriate resolution will be found. Accordingly, KSL has temporarily suspended firearms listings on KSL.com classifieds. We recognize that this may inconvenience responsible citizens who have used this service, but we feel this is an important step while these broader societal issues are examined.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles at all of their locations, including a recently opened store in St. George. They issued an official statement. These weapons include the Bushmaster AR-15, which was believed to have been used by Sandy Hook shooting suspect Adam Lanza.
Shortly after these announcements at least one website launch has emerged in Utah seeking to fill the void left by KSL and Dick’s, offering citizens a cooperative marketplace to buy and sell firearms.
The legal purchase, sale and trade of firearms has been welcomed through St. George News free Classifieds from inception and continues to be a viable marketplace for buyers and sellers.
Rowdy’s Range, a shooting range and gun supply store in St. George, will offer free concealed carry permit classes to any teacher for the month of January 2013.
“It’s not necessarily a political stand or response to (the Newtown incident),” Rowdy’s Range General Manager Brett Pruitt said. “Whether you agree or disagree, oppose or support gun control, the one thing that we all agree upon is that our teachers are overworked, underpaid, they do a teriffic job – we’re not necessarily making a political statement but now was the time to do it with all the chaos and political posturing going on.”
“This is just Rowdy’s way of saying, ‘Thank you Teachers! We appreciate you, and all you do for our Children'” Rowdy’s radio advertisements will broadcast starting tomorrow.
Persons holding a concealed carry permit are exempt from Utah law otherwise prohibiting the possession of certain firearms in defined school premises.
St. George News reporter Alexa Verdugo Morgan contributed to this article.
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