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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
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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