NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two days before Vice President Joseph Biden was due to give President Barack Obama recommendation on curbing gun violence, the National Rifle Association has said an assault weapons ban will nto pass in Congress.
Meanwhile, as CBS 2’s Don Dahler reported, in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, and the ensuing gun control debate, gun sales have spiked across the country.
“People are scared; worried,” said gun vendor John Perme. “They don’t know what’s going to happen.”
NRA President David Keene claimed Sunday that there is not enough support in Washington to pass gun control laws that would stop sales.
“I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress,” Keene said.
On Tuesday, Vice President Biden’s gun violence task force will give President Obama a set of recommendations. Among them are expected to be universal background checks, restrictions on sales of assault weapons, and high capacity magazines.
Congress allowed the ban to expire in 2004.
Opponents said a ban is not the answer.
“To somehow believe that just by taking guns away from people, I don’t think history shows that’s the right way to do it,” said U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
But some members of congress say the Newtown school shooting made it clear that something needs to be done.
“There’s no way they are going to take your Second Amendment rights,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) “We have to look at how do we cure this culture of mass violence.”
And while lawmakers are busy sorting out that solution, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the nation’s largest gun retailers to stop selling assault weapons until a decision is made.
“In Florida alone, there were nearly 5,000 background checks requested on the day of Sandy Hook, as opposed to the day before where there were 3,000,” said Schumer.