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In particular customers have been buying up assault style rifles like the AR-15 Boyd McLean bought Thursday evening.
"I'm buying it right now making sure I still can buy one I'm not sure what's gonna happen in the next few days," said McLean.
Boyd worries the school massacre in Connecticut will convince Congress to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban.
In the 90s and early 2000s that ban prohibited guns with certain military features.
Eastside Gun Shop owner Bill Bernstein is among those who hope the NRA pushes back against any future ban when it holds its first press conference since the school shooting Friday morning.
"The strongest thing they can do is tell the truth. The truth is the assault weapon's ban we had for 10 years was a failure. it did not affect the crime rate at all," said Bernstein.
It's an opinion others don't share.
State Representative Sherry Jones of Nashville voted against the so-called "Guns in Bars" bill at the state legislature and she believes Congress needs to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban.
"Who needs an assault rifle? Does anybody really need an assault rifle. Do hunters need an assault rifle. No Nobody needs an assault rifle," said Jones.
Regardless of which side you're on the NRA is expected to have broad influence in the gun discussion and at least one gun supporter worries that influence could stifle the conversation.
The organization helped defeat former State Representative Debra Maggart earlier this year because she was among the Republican leaders who decided not to move the so called "Guns in Trunks" bill.
Maggart has been a lifelong member of the NRA.
"The NRA stifles meaningful conversation and meaningful discussion of these issues because of the bully tactics they use."
President Obama has said he'd sign an assault weapons ban if Congress passes it. We'll be covering the story tomorrow morning, so be sure to watch TENNESSEE MORNINGS at 5am and log on to Fox17.com for the latest details as they become available.
Friday, December 21 2012, 07:45 AM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.