Reaction to Friday's Connecticut school massacre continued Tuesday as several companies and others announced immediate steps in the fallout of the slayings.
Dick's Sporting Goods halted sales of certain rifles, the release of violent motion pictures continued to be delayed and investors turned against gunmakers.
In Washington, some former opponents of gun control signaled that they may change their position, potentially giving stricter gun laws their best chance of passage in years, while the National Rifle Association issued its first statement about the shooting.
Adam Lanza, the gunman in the shooting rampage, fatally shot 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. A 27th person, the gunman's mother, was found dead at a home in Newtown. The death total does not include the gunman, who committed suicide after the school attack.
Here's a roundup of the fallout from the shooting that continued Tuesday:
Dick's Sporting Goods said it's suspending sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut. The company also says it's removing all guns from display at its store closest to Newtown, where the massacre took place. A statement posted on Dick's website expresses sympathy for the victims' families. It says sales of modern sporting rifles will be suspended during "this time of national mourning."
Kory Lundberg, director of National Media Relations for Wal-Mart, said the company does not sell guns online and there have been no changes to the assortment of guns sold in stores. "We remain dedicated to the safe and responsible sale of firearms in areas of the country where they are sold," Lundberg said.
Movie studios and television programmers continued to postpone or cancel violent films and TV shows after Friday's shooting. Tuesday's planned premiere of the movie "Django Unchained," which was filled with bloody scenes and gun violence, was canceled. Viacom Inc.'s Paramount studios has already delayed the premiere of "Jack Reacher," an action-thriller based on the Lee Child novels starring Tom Cruise that was scheduled for Saturday the day after the school killings. Separately, Discovery Communications Inc. canceled the new season of "American Guns," a reality-based serial about a family of gunmakers, Fox News reported.
The most notable rejection of the gun industry came when the private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management announced it would sell the maker of the rifle used in the massacre, which it called a "watershed event." The shooting "raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level," Cerberus said in papers announcing the planned sale. "We are investors, not statesmen or policy makers."
Bushmaster, Remington and DPMS are among the brands made by Freedom Group Inc., the largest firearms maker in the U.S. The Madison, N.C., company sold 1.1 million rifles and shotguns last year, along with 2 billion rounds of ammunition. Its products are sold to law enforcement and military customers, as well as retailers who serve hunters and gun enthusiasts.
Shares in publicly traded gunmakers dropped for a third-straight day on Tuesday. Shares of Sturm, Ruger & Co. dropped 7.7 percent to close at $40.60. They're down almost 11 percent since Thursday, the day before the shooting. Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. fell 10 percent to $7.79 - down almost 15 percent from their Thursday close. Outdoor goods retailer Cabela's Inc. fell almost 6 percent to close at $38.77.
The National Rifle Association issued a statement extending its condolences to the victims of the shooting in Newtown and announcing it will hold a "major" news conference on Friday.
The Associated Press and Staff Writer Sandra Emerson contributed to this report.