Gun debate gets heated, sales surge - Tucson News Now

Gun debate gets heated, sales surge

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Many lawmakers are pushing for gun control in light of the latest mass shooting. Both republicans and democrats are now rallying for stricter laws.
But will they actually make it out of the committees they're proposed in?

There has been talk about a ban on assault rifles and large capacity magazines. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is already working on the language of this bill.
 
She said, "We're crafting this one. It's being done with care." She goes on to say the purpose of the bill is to get "weapons of war" off the streets of our city.

Feinstein's bill would target about 100 weapons and prohibit the sales of magazines and drums that can hold more than ten bullets. This is much too extreme if you ask gun shop owner Tommy Rompel.
 
"I think it's ridiculous...More people are killed by vehicles, alcohol, and tobacco but for some reason when a shooting happens they want to capitalize on the emotion and try to take people's rights away," said Rompel, with Black Weapons Armory. 

For gun control advocate, Pat Maisch who survived the January 8th mass shooting, this debate has already gone too far. "It took 20 martyrs, Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine and Anna...I say the NRA the gun manufacturers, and gun lobbyists are saturated in blood.  Our legislators most of them have blood on their hands," she said. 
 
Gun enthusiasts strongly feel new laws will not make a difference.

"It is taking it too far.. it distracts from the issue.. look at Timothy McVeigh.  What kind of gun did he use?  He blew up a building and killed more people.. did more damage without the use of firearms," Rompel said.
 
Maisch is not against gun rights in general. She feels only certain people should have access to assault weapons with a high capacity of bullets.

"Military and law enforcement in my opinion.. absolutely no reason.. if they want to own the guns for a collection.. good.. but no ammunition," she said.

The National Rifle Association did release a statement today saying, "The NRA is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters, and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the senseless murders in Newtown."

NRA officials say they are prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. The organization will hold what they are calling a major news conference on Friday to announce details.
 
Despite the heated gun control debate, Tucson gun store owners say they have seen a surge in the number of people coming in to buy guns and ammunition since the Connecticut shooting. Many are concerned about their rights being stripped away.

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