Orlando shooting brings spotlight back to gun debate again

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The recent mass shooting in Orlando has sparked the national gun debate once more as politicians spar over what needs to be done.

The spotlight has been turned back onto the gun debate after Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 innocent people.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut fought to force a filibuster over gun regulations in one of the fiercest debates in the U.S. at the moment.

Gun enthusiasts seem to be split on whether new gun control laws should be passed.

Some pro-gun advocates ABC7 spoke with said the U.S. needs tighter gun controls, while others said the current laws on the books needed to be better enforced.

"I've had enough," Murphy said on the Senate floor in Washington D.C. "I know we can come together on this issue."

Murphy proposed that people on the FBI terrorist watch list and those on the TSA no-fly list be banned from purchasing a firearm.

The proposal is one presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton supports.

"If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you should not be able to buy a gun with no questions asked," Clinton said.

Though it doesn't happen often, this appears to be a stance both Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump agree upon.

"I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns," Trump tweeted out.

But the National Rifle Association opposes banning gun sales to people on terror watch lists, as it said those lists include innocent people who should not lose their constitutional right to buy a gun.

"We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. The NRA's position on this issue has not changed," the NRA said in a statement.

While that debate rages on, interest in firearms have soared. The LAX Firing Range in Inglewood said their sales go up dramatically after every mass murder spree, including the Orlando shooting.

"I've got a lot of folks who will specifically take the class just for their own personal self-defense," Tommy Bushnell of LAX Firing Range explained.

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Other firearm dealers ABC7 has spoken to also reported spikes in sales, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department reported surges in requests for concealed carry weapons licenses.

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