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Walmart Slashes iPhone, iPad Prices, But Keeps Gun Policy Unchanged

Retailer's response comes on the heels of a move by Dick’s Sporting Goods to suspend the sale of some semi-automatic rifles from its stores across the country.

While the nation's largest retailer is cutting buyers a break on iPhone and iPad prices, it's holding the line on its gun sale policy in the wake of last week's tragic mass shooting in Newtown, CT.

“We remain dedicated to the safe and responsible sale of firearms in areas of the country where they are sold. Part of our commitment to gun safety is our involvement in the 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' coalition,” Kory Lundberg, director of national media relations, said in an e-mail to Patch.

“We don’t sell guns online and we have made no change to the assortment of guns we sell in our stores,” wrote Lundberg.

Walmart's response comes on the heels of a move by Dick’s Sporting Goods to suspend the sale of some semi-automatic rifles from its stores across the country, including its four Long Island locations.

However Walmart, which operates one of its department stores in East Meadow, announced it will begin selling the iPhone 5 for $127, which is $72 less than Apple's price when buying with a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The iPhone 4S will cost $47.

Also, Walmart has put the third-generation iPad on sale for $399. And if you buy one after Monday Walmart will throw in a $30 iTunes gift card.

The move comes just three months after Apple rolled out the latest version of its landmark smartphone.

This could mean that iPhone sales are lagging. The Los Angeles Times reported that a UBS analyst announced he was lowering his iPhone sales estimates for 2013, saying he expects Apple to sell 5 million fewer phones than his previous estimate.

Charles December 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM
IMO it's the mental state of the person holding the gun that kills someone, not the gun. Banning assault style guns or taking them out of retail outdoor stores will not eliminate or shrink the statistics for tragedies like Newton. The mental state of each individual involved in these horrific acts of mass murder is to blame. Gun laws need to change to protect people and gun owners. Families that have guns in the home should be held responsible for locking guns up and safe guarding them from everyone. Especially someone you know is mentally unstable. Laws do need to change but banning guns is not the solution. Increase the safe guarding laws or the owners lose their right to bear arms!! That's my $.02....
det2659 December 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Looks like Dick's has now joined my "AIN'T SHOPPING THERE" List. I agree Charles. I would have gone a step further. Had Lanza's mother not been killed I would have had her brought up on murder charges for neglecting to rein in that nut of a son. Now a days it is a mental plea as a shortcut to leniency. I believe law abiding non mental cases should own whatever weapon they desire... BUT.. use it illegally and there should be a MINIMUM 7 year, no plea bargain, jail term... this is in addition to whatever the arrest was for.
Scott L. December 21, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I think the rest of the country should follow Nassau Counties pistol regulations for all guns. My wife and I have both been through the process of getting a pistol permit and also renewing one and it is an experience that will never forget. Your whole life is an open book for the authorities to read. The flaw that I see in the law is that the process to buy a high powered long gun is not as stringent. I am devastated by the events in CT like we all are but will taking the guns off the shelves have prevented it?

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