Friday's elementary school massacre is brewing new life into the debate on gun control; particularly with assault rifles like the one police believe the alleged gunman used to open fire on dozens of children.
We stopped by a local gun store to see what kind of impact it's having.
You'll find fewer guns inside the show cases at Shooter's Edge in Piney Flats. Owner and general manager Don Reimer told us that's because his customers are buying up his stock while they can. "People are afraid they're going to be outlawed or banned soon, and therefore that's driving sales up," said Reimer.
Reimer says when a gunman takes the lives of 20 innocent children and six adults change is likely just a matter of time, especially when it comes to assault rifles. "It's either going to be changes in the amount of ammunition that can or can't be purchased, the number or capacity of the magazine will be affected, or a rile ban entirely will come about," Reimer explained.
But Reimer told us he doesn't believe restrictions are the answer. "How could new gun control laws going forward possibly affect the retro amount of guns already out there?" he questioned.
Reimer said that puts a penalty on law abiding citizens.
Folks at Shooter's Edge told us most people who buy assault rifles use them for sport, like shooting at a target to improve their marksmanship. "If there's a gun ban, you can bet the criminals will be able to get the guns, just law abiding citizens won't," said Reimer.
As a prosecutor, Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus believes changes to the law could help protect our communities if it's done with the Constitution, public safety, and law-efficiency in mind. "We need to look at the efforts toward the people that have the profile that seem to do this over and over again, which I think goes beyond the bounds of gun control," said Staubus.
But only time will tell what restrictions, if any, change the way you buy weapons.