Updated 01/13/2013 05:50 PM
Schumer Wants Sales Of Assault-Style Weapons Halted Until Congress Passes Gun Reform Laws
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Gun sales have increased in the United State since the Obama administration announced it is considering stricter gun regulations, and on Sunday Senator Charles Schumer said he requested major gun retailers to suspend sales of modern assault-style rifles until Congress votes on new legislation.
Assault-style rifles are the type of weapon used in the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo.
The senator said he drafted a letter to gun retailers, including "the big ones" like Gander Mountain, Walmart, and Sports Authority, to get them to suspend the sales.
Schumer pointed out that the Dick's Sporting Goods chain, which is based in New York, has already stopped the sale of assault-style weapons.
He said that the other companies not following suit are irresponsible.
The increase in gun sales is partially due to a pro-gun activist who is encouraging people to take part in a national "gun appreciation day" on January 19.
The day would have demonstrators buy or show assault style weapons as a way to protest the national conversation about gun legislation.
The senator is expecting Vice President Joe Biden's gun violence task force to present recommendations to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, so that Congress can being to discussion legislation soon after.
Schumer wants Congress to require universal background checks for gun buyers.
Meanwhile, the president of the National Rifle Association, David Keene, said on CNN's "State Of The Union" on Sunday that federal lawmakers only have themselves to blame for any increase in gun sales because politicians are scaring people with knee-jerk talk of more gun control.
"The two people who are selling so-called assault rifles are Senator Feinstein and President Obama, not us. They're the ones that are scaring American gun owners. It isn't the NRA," Keene said.
The NRA president said his organization disagrees with proposals for universal background checks, assault weapons bans and limits on the number of rounds in clips, because they contravene Second Amendment rights without solving the root cause of violence.
He said the answer lies in increasing security measures and fixing the country's mental health care system, which he says is broken.