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Lawmakers pledge to take action on a gun control bill in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Two Democratic congresswomen will lay out their plan on Wednesday.

Dick's Sporting Goods stores has already decided to pull what they term "modern sporting rifles" out of their stores, at least temporarily. The nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has taken similar action by removing some guns from their web site.

Dick's stock shot up 77 cents a share, so at least investors agree with their decision.

Meanwhile, the two house democrats say they'll push for a ban on high-capacity magazines. Congresswomen Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Diana Degette of Colorado will hold a news conference this morning in Washington. Their legislation mirrors a bill in the Senate banning magazines with more than 10 bullets.

And some congressional gun rights supporters are showing a growing willingness to consider new restrictions. Lawmakers who had previously refused to even discuss gun control are saying they would consider a ban on assault rifles.

But one Zionsville mother we spoke to says her discussion is not political, just a mother's intuition.

She has started an online campaign called "One Million Moms For Gun Control."  Shannon Watts believes in the second amendment, "At least this group I have started does.  It is about making sure the NRA is not driving the conversation for profit."

With 30 chapters and 4,000 members nationwide, Watts' group is calling for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, which President Obama says he supports. They also want to prohibit people from carrying guns in schools and churches, and limiting the amount of ammunition that can be purchased.

The National Rifle Association issued its first statement following the shooting Tuesday. In that statement, the NRA says its members are, "shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders."

The group has scheduled a news conference for Friday to offer what it calls "meaningful contributions, to make sure shootings like those in Newtown never happen again."

Local gun enthusiasts are not waiting for the debate to end.

Guns such as the AR-15 rifle, similar to the weapon used in the Sandy Hook shootings, continue to sell in record-breaking fashion.

Indiana State Representative Ed Delaney, a long time advocate of gun control, says he will try again to get some new gun laws on the books in Indiana. "We have to ask our self, do we really want to go there? Is there a line between personal protection, hunting and something else? I think there is."

Many gun enthusiasts say new laws will infringe on their second amendment rights. They also point to the fact that many current gun laws are difficult, if not impossible, to enforce. More laws would just add to the bureaucracy.

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