Just days after the Newtown tragedy, Connecticut lawmakers are planning to propose new laws on gun control.
This comes the day after a call to action by President Barack Obama, who has formed a special task force to recommend more restrictions.
And since the shooting, gun sales are soaring. There are concerns new laws could affect the availability of certain weapons.
Gun control is on many minds as people look for ways to stop the violence. And many are asking why we need weapons such as the AR-15, which is a military-style rifle, that was used last Friday to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"If they are not people like agents or anything," said Eldrige Evans of New Britain. "They don't need to own and possess them."
The AR-15 is the most popular gun in America, and it is the firearm of choice at the Wooster Gun Range in Fanbury.
Dean Price, who runs the shooting range, said it is steady and accurate. But he puts blame on something else.
"This boy had a lot of problems, she knew it. But, she took him shooting and taught him how to shoot a firearm," he said. "That's ludicrous."
While lawmakers agree, mental health is part of this complicated problem. They also feel more gun control is needed.
State Sen. Beth Bye and Rep. Bob Godfrey want to make several changes to gun laws in Connecticut:
Prohibit the sale and possession of any rifle, shotgun or pistol with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.
Expand the definition of an assault weapon.
Require all firearms to be registered with a model and serial number.
Institute a 50 percent sales tax on ammunition.
Require a permit to buy ammunition.
Stop the online purchase of ammunition.
However, Price said he feels many of these laws will not prevent tragedies and that responsible gun owners will be penalized.
The NRA has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning, which will be the first time they are speaking publicly since the Newtown massacre.
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