By Erica Ritz | From | On December 18th, 2012

UPDATE 6:54 p.m. EST: Cheaper Than Dirt posted the following statement to its Facebook page at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday:

“Cheaper Than Dirt! has temporarily suspended online sales of firearms.

As a long time supporter of the Second Amendment, Cheaper Than Dirt! will continue to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms by law abiding customers. During this temporary suspension, we will review our policies and promotions.

No further information was provided.

Online gun retailer Cheaper Than Dirt announced Tuesday that it will be suspending certain firearm sales “effective immediately” pending an internal policy review.  ​What exactly they are reviewing remains unclear, but the announcement has prompted swift reaction on the site’s Facebook page.Their Facebook message reads:

“Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories.”

In less than 45 minutes, the message already had thousands of comments.

There are now over 8,000 comments in the two hours since the message was first put up.  And because the post comes amid the fierce gun control battle after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday– where 20 students and 6 adults were fatally shot– many are accusing the retailer of “selling out” to the gun control crowd.

It should be noted, though, that the company’s language does not specifically reference Sandy Hook or the current gun control controversy.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, however, has made it clear that it is taking action specifically because of the shooting.  The retail giant announced Tuesday that it would be suspending the sale of modern rifles nationwide in light of the tragedy, declining to say exactly how long the suspension would last, or which guns would be pulled.

TheBlaze reached out to Cheaper Than Dirt for comment, but did not receive one.

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