WASHINGTON (CBS) -- This week brings a new development in the debate over gun control. The Vice President will bring his recommendations on the issue to President Obama Tuesday. The prospect of tighter gun control is fueling gun sales across the country.
Gun shows like this one in Daly City, California are packed with record crowds one month after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Mark Becker of San Francisco says, "It looks like the current political climate is creating artificial demand."
Gun dealers across the country say they've seen a dramatic increase in sales, as lawmakers consider a federal ban on assault weapons. Hundreds rallied in Seattle Sunday in support of gun control. Protester Erica Sciara says, "I think there are more rational reasonable people who understand the difference between assault weapons and other types of guns you might have for hunting purposes."
Vice President Joe Biden will give President Obama his recommendations for curbing gun violence tomorrow. They could include restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazines as well as background checks on all gun buyers.
The head of the National Rifle Association says he believes there is not enough support in Congress to ban assault weapons. David Keene says, "I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress."
It's a view many Republicans share including Senator John McCain, who spoke on CBS' Face the Nation. When asked if an assault weapons ban can pass through Congress and if it should, McCain responded "No."
The NRA is pushing for laws that would restrict the mentally ill from owning guns.
Senator Chuck Schumer suggested another plan yesterday. He urged the nation's major gun retailers, including Walmart and Sports Authority, to suspend sales of assault-style weapons.