Gun, ammunition sales soar in US

Gun and ammunition sales in the US have spiked over the past two weeks as people rush to stock up arsenals before any restrictions that might be imposed, Press TV reports.

As impending restrictions on gun sales are spurring fear among some gun owners that they won’t have easy access to weaponry, leading liberal lawmakers plead for stores to curb gun sales.

“I’m urging our major gun retailers in America; the Walmart and the Sports Authority, to suspend sales of modern assault-style weapons until the Congress is able to fully consider and vote on legislation to curb gun violence,” said US Senator Chuck Schumer.

In a series of meetings with gun policy stakeholders, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), US Vice President Joe Biden offered a comprehensive package of proposals on preventing gun violence in the country.

NRA officials left the talks disenchanted and challenged negotiations with the Vice President on gun policy. Biden is to offer its proposals to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

“The National Rifle Association is one of the most useless and reactionary groups in America,” said US domestic policy analyst Brent Budowsky.

“They offered the President nothing. They don’t want to give up any guns. They want people running around with machine guns and semi-automatic weapons.”

Following the Newtown shooting spree, President Obama appointed Biden to lead an effort to find proposals “to reduce the epidemic of gun violence.” The president also pledged to present the proposals to Congress.

Biden’s suggestions include universal background checks and limits on high capacity clips like the one used in the Sandy Hook shooting spree, which left 20 children and six adults dead on December 14, 2012.