Assault weapons now harder to find at gun stores

By Joe Bennett

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- It all depends on the direction the White House if the task force meets its self-imposed deadline at the end of January.

The administration meets this week with legislators, gun control organizations and even the National Rifle Association.

Many firearms owners and firearms dealers we spoke with say the White House is being counter-productive.

They say with such a highly publicized initiative to potentially ban assault weapons, many customers are rushing out to stock up on guns like the AR-15.

John Meek of Midwestern Firearms in East Peoria says manufacturers are now up to a year behind on the production of larger semi-automatic weapons.

"I think there is reluctance on their part to overproduce for fear of what our government it going to do with configuration of what they're able to sell," said Meek.

Meek says anyone with the pre-mediated intent of taking a life will find a way to do so, without consideration of how many bullets it takes.

"People would certainly find a way around it," said Meek. " A semi-automatic pistol, for example, whether you have 10 rounds or 12 rounds, it really is a moot point."

Gun control advocates and legislators like U.S. Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin say it is not a moot point, arguing that the difference of a few rounds could save more lives.

"There is no reason for anyone to own a military assault weapon that kills as many people as you can squeeze a trigger," according to Durbin. "There's no need for anyone to have a magazine that contains 30 or 100 rounds."

The White House can either seek the approval of an assault weapon ban from Congress or implement more general efforts, like a national gun-ownership database, though executive orders without Congressional consent.

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