Posted: Dec 20, 2012 6:19 PM
Updated: Dec 20, 2012 8:54 PM
PHARR - Semi-automatic rifles are flying off the shelves at some Rio Grande Valley gun shops.
The possibility of stringent gun restrictions and the holidays may be fueling the spike in sales, shopkeepers said.
Point Blank Sporting Goods and Gun Range in Pharr on Wednesday sold five semi-automatic, AR-15-type rifles.
"It could be concern, but a lot of times it's more ... ‘I want to buy this one product (because) it's available now, might as well do it now,'" Daniel Gallego Jr. said, with Point Blank.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday formed a gun violence task force. The task force will address the possibility of banning certain firearms and ammunition magazines.
"I've asked the vice-president to lead an effort that includes members of my cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals ... no later than January ... proposals that I intend to push without delay," Obama said.
The looming threat of gun control and the holiday rush means certain semi-automatic rifles are nearly impossible to find.
Some ammunition also has become scarce.
Gun store operators said it may take a month to catch up with the demand.