By ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis
Gun and ammunition sales continue to be big business in Rhode Island, and elsewhere. Some stores have sold out of certain high powered rifle bullets. Foster Bear Arms, in Foster, still has some, but is hoping to stock more.
Jim Connors of Foster Bear Arms said, "Guns store sales are through the roof. So people are buying what they can, while they can get it."
The biggest reasons for gun and ammo purchases are self–protection, and concern about limited rights.
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Dealers tell us the run on guns and ammunition is a direct result of possible legislation that could restrict their sales down the road. Whether or not that legislation has any real chance of passing."
But two weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut, there will be legislation both at the State House and in Congress, that lawmakers will consider, to restrict certain guns and ammunition.
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) said, "At the very least, I think we need to see responsible gun control legislation that bans assault weapons, that bans these multi –round clips, that hold from 30 to 100 rounds of ammunition."
But other lawmakers oppose gun control, saying people should be able to buy guns for sport or protection.
State Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-RI) said, "We have something like 300 million guns in the United States of America. There's no way they are just going to go away. And so making a law on something like that is not going to solve anything."
Some high powered rifles were outlawed years ago, but that ban has expired.