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Gun Rights Advocates React to Obama's Call for Assault Weapon Ban
The federal push for stricter gun control comes in the wake of recent high-profile shootings; specifically the school shooting in Connecticut, in which 20 children died.
Gun rights advocates are speaking out against the proposals, calling the measures an extreme attack on the weapon, not the issues.
Travis Schutte just bought an AR-15 last month.
"I'm glad I bought it because you can't buy them anymore. All the shops around Springfield and online are sold out," he said.
High-powered semi-automatics are flying off shelves; even though they've doubled in price in the past month.
Now, President Obama is urging Congress to make them illegal to sell. He wants Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and make the ban stronger.
At a press conference Wednesday, Obama said, "Responsible gun owners, if Americans of every background stand up and say enough, we've suffered too much pain and care too much about our children to allow this to continue, then change will come."
If Congress approves the ban, it would be illegal for stores like Capital City Arms Supply in Springfield to sell military-style rifles and ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds.
"From a business standpoint, it would hurt quite a bit," co-owner John Jackson said. "What they're proposing to ban, the criteria they're using, covers probably 75% of stuff out there today."
The White House calls the rifles "instruments of mass violence," but many gun rights advocates believe high-profile shootings, like the one in Connecticut last month, could happen regardless of stricter gun control.
"If they're not going to do it with a gun, they will with something else.. a knife, a car.." Schutte said.
In a statement, the National Rifle Association quickly challenged Obama's proposals. It said, "Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.