As gun control continues to be a hot button issue across the country, New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the largest gun retailers in the country to do its part in helping to stop the violence. Schumer says more action is needed. Our Matt Hunter has the story.
Senator Charles Schumer said, "It's hard to believe that Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, is being so irresponsible on this issue."
Speaking to press Sunday afternoon, Senator Charles Schumer called out Walmart and a half dozen of the nation's other largest gun retailers, urging them to temporarily halt the sale of semi-automatic weapons until Congress has time to consider new gun control legislation.
"Even if we were able to limit assault weapons and large magazine clips, we'll have to worry about hundreds of thousands of additional weapons on the street that will arrive in the next couple of months alone," Schumer said.
According to Schumer, roughly 40 percent of American gun sales are conducted without background checks, in large part due to legal loopholes that don't require them for private sales or at gun shows.
Schumer said, "I can go to Walmart and buy 10 assault rifles and sell them to anybody else, no background checks on all those somebody else's."
While Schumer and other Democrats believe closing the gun show loophole and curbing the sale of semi-automatic weapons are essential to reducing gun violence, many gun rights supporters believe those proposals violate clear Second Amendment rights and that the real issue is keeping them out of the hands of the mentally ill.
NRA President David Keene said, "That has not been done. That should be done, because most of the people who engage in these things are people who have had real trouble."
Senator Schumer acknowledged that overcoming Washington's powerful gun lobby to pass new gun laws is a tall order. What's clear is that a heavy divide remains on Capitol Hill over whether stricter laws are the best way to curb gun violence.
Senator John McCain said, "I applaud the conversation, we need to have it stopped but to somehow believe that just by taking guns away from people is the answer, I don't think history shows that's the right way to do it."
Schumer said, "The guns that are being sold now could be sold to felons, mentally ill people, spousal abusers and then there'd be virtually nothing we could do."