Gun Freeze Hurts Kids

HARRISBURG -- A planned four-day freeze on gun sales in Pennsylvania has prompted a lawsuit by one lawmaker and more than two dozen gun dealers. The suit alleges that they received insufficient notice from state police about the planned September 2-6 interruption in sales, which falls during the crucial back-to-school gun sales blitz. "Every year, kids need a new backpack, binder, sneakers and a Double Action Beretta. The back-to-school season is like Christmas for gun dealers," said gun dealer Amos Dorfman.

Gun dealers have also complained that the planned sales freeze occurs during the first few days of hummingbird and naked mole rat hunting seasons, which usually prompts a spike in shotgun sales. Rep. Timothy Solobay, D-Washington County, one of the plaintiffs, said, "This is just bad planning, no one wants to see the school year get off to a bad start like this."