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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
Memphis libraries seeking funding
May 25, 2013 13:07 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News (http://bit.ly/19BANxH) reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system's budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
Library director Keenon McCloy says the plan is a "roadmap for the future."
Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com
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