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Major retailer stops some gun sales, sparks debate

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The recent gun control controversy in the wake of the Connecticut shooting has led one major retailer to pull certain weapons off their shelves.

It's not a new debate but a new enthusiasm for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. 

Dick's Sporting Goods took a stand Tuesday by releasing this statement: "Out of respect for the victims and their families during this time of national mourning, we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide."

Dick's may not be selling certain rifles, but people are buying, according to Allen Arms in Greenville.

"It's not motivated by the things that you would like to see in an increase in business and not product driven," said Allen Arms salesman John Vansweringen.

He says sales are up in part because some of his customers are afraid of losing their ability to buy guns.  But despite the talk of stricter gun laws, some gun owners feel tighter restrictions won't solve the problem. 

"The people who are going to be doing these kind of acts will get their hands on weapons whether there's laws against it or not," said Peter Griehs.   

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