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December 26, 2012
Guns Sales Surge with New Legislation on the Horizon - 3

Stores from Colorado to San Diego, and Cincinnati to Connecticut have reported a surge in gun sales as gun-control legislation looms on the horizon. The surge has come mostly from .223 ammunition, AR-15s, and the type of high-capacity magazines covered under the expired federal assault weapons ban which Congress will consider renewing in 2013.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous how many people are buying guns,” said Tim McFarland, an employee at K-5 Arms Exchange, less than 25 miles from Newtown, in a Dec. 20 story in The Daily Beast Dec. 20. "Customers have been packing the store since the weekend. It’s just astronomical. We sold out of assault rifles yesterday.” The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it set a new record for single-day background check submittals this past weekend. Background checks that normally take minutes turned into wait times of more than 12 hours, CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina told the Denver Post.
               
In San Diego, Northwest Armory gun store owner Karl Durkheimer said background checks that normally took 15 minutes in California took more than four hours. Saturday "was the biggest day we've seen in 20 years. Sunday will probably eclipse that," he said.
                
In southwest Ohio, from dawn to dusk a Cincinnati gun show had a line of 400 waiting to get in, said Joe Eaton of the Buckeye Firearms Association. "Sales were through the roof on Saturday," said Eaton. "People were buying everything they could out of fear the president would try to ban certain guns and high-capacity magazines."
               
In Massachusetts, several area gun shops have reported increased business. Ted Oven, owner of Northeast Trading Co. in North Attleborough, said some buyers were picking up four or five boxes of ammunition instead of their usual one.
              
“They are taking hints from the president that something big is on the horizon,” said Jim Wallace of the Massachusetts-based Gun Owners’ Action League.
               
For more, go to:
-- Guns Out of Stock at Wal-Mart as Magazine Prices Surge on
               
-- Permits for guns climb in Mass.
               
-- Annie, Get Your Gun! School Shooting Sparks Run on Firearms Sales
               
-- America’s Gun Economy, By the Numbers
               
-- US gun industry is thriving. Seven key figures
               
-- Local gun sales surge as national firearms debate begins
               
-- Area Gun Stores See Spike in Sales
               
-- Growing number of women taking up guns for sport, safety in recent years

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from old-school wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Not only are gun and ammo sales surging, but also NRA memberships. According to Foxnews.com and Townhall.com last week, the NRA has seen an increase of 8,000 members a day since the Conneticut shooting. I guess a lot of people knew that the gun control groups and Senators would immediately exploit the incident. (see foxnews.com - "NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting", and townhall.com - "8,000 People a Day Becoming NRA Members" by Katie Pavlich)

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from old-school wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Not only are gun and ammo sales surging, but also NRA memberships. According to Foxnews.com and Townhall.com last week, the NRA has seen an increase of 8,000 members a day since the Conneticut shooting. I guess a lot of peple knew that the gun control groups and Senators would immediately exploit the incident. (see foxnews.com - "NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting", and townhall.com - "8,000 People a Day Becoming NRA Members" by Katie Pavlich)

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I talked with an aquaintance Friday that was going to buy a black rifle on Saturday. He had never shown any interest in them before but was going to get one before any bans went in place. Ridiculous.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I talked with an aquaintance Friday that was going to buy a black rifle on Saturday. He had never shown any interest in them before but was going to get one before any bans went in place. Ridiculous.

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from old-school wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Not only are gun and ammo sales surging, but also NRA memberships. According to Foxnews.com and Townhall.com last week, the NRA has seen an increase of 8,000 members a day since the Conneticut shooting. I guess a lot of peple knew that the gun control groups and Senators would immediately exploit the incident. (see foxnews.com - "NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting", and townhall.com - "8,000 People a Day Becoming NRA Members" by Katie Pavlich)

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from old-school wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Not only are gun and ammo sales surging, but also NRA memberships. According to Foxnews.com and Townhall.com last week, the NRA has seen an increase of 8,000 members a day since the Conneticut shooting. I guess a lot of people knew that the gun control groups and Senators would immediately exploit the incident. (see foxnews.com - "NRA sees rise in membership after Connecticut school shooting", and townhall.com - "8,000 People a Day Becoming NRA Members" by Katie Pavlich)

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