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Fearful of ban, buyers swarm gun stores

Published: Fri, December 28, 2012 @ 7:03 p.m.

Fearful of ban, buyers swarm gun stores

NEW YORK (AP) — The phones at Red’s Trading Post wouldn’t stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.

Overwhelmed, gun store manager Ryan Horsley had to do what no employee would ever think of doing just days before Christmas: He disconnected the phone lines for three whole days.

“We had to shut everything off,” says Horsley, whose family has owned Red’s Trading Post, the state’s oldest gun shop, since 1936. “We were swamped in the store and online.”

The phones at gun shops across the country are ringing off the hook. Demand for firearms, ammunition and bulletproof gear has surged since the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers and administrators. The shooting sparked calls for tighter gun control measures, especially for military-style assault weapons like the ones used in Newtown and in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting earlier this year. The prospect of a possible weapons ban has sent gun enthusiasts into a panic and sparked a frenzy of buying at stores and gun dealers nationwide.

Assault rifles are sold out across the country. Rounds of .223 bullets, like those used in the AR-15 type Bushmaster rifle used in Newtown, are scarce. Stores are struggling to restock their shelves. Gun and ammunition makers are telling retailers they will have to wait months to get more.

Store owners who have been in the business for years say they have never seen demand like this before.


1Ytownnative(1035 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

the best gun sales person for the past 4 years is........ Barack obama

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2ulistenup(95 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago


I am a "gun enthusiast." And I have never owned an "assault rifle" but I have owned semi-automatic pistols.

I have enjoyed hunting, have a concealed carry permit and I used to be anti-gun years ago.

What happened?

I didn't experience some horrific tragedy of violence - I just changed my mind because I thought about the arguments on both sides - and the gun owners made more sense to me.

I bet you never experienced the joy of target shooting or of hunting pheasant.

I guess I have always been fascinated with machines - and guns are that. But I know what the purpose of guns are.

People who have never handled guns oftentimes fear them - and this fear is healthy.

But if you were properly exposed to the "shooting sports" you might have a change of heart, like I did.

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3DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

What makes these people think their guns will be legal in the future just because they are buying them now? A ban on magazine sizes could outlaw all of them, no matter when they were purchased.

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4VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

This current buying frenzy is the result of fear...fear of what the future may hold.

Btw, NoBS, did you know Rosie O'Donnell has a handgun? Despite my disliking of her, privately she does show some sense of common sense, although she publicly cries for gun control.

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5papa1(660 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

those who say, guns don't kill people, people do, are ignoring the facts. the monster who shot and killed 20 beautiful kids in newtown would obviously have murdered less children if he was using a gun with less ammunition. so in this case, a gun did kill people. either they don't get it or they're too stubborn to admit it. i hope obama getsthe assault gun ban back on the books. these killing machines are only good for killing many living things, sometimes people.

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6gdog4766(1491 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

First, a response to this whole thread. In Austrailia and Canada when the outlawed semiauto weapons the government took them. I don't think that will happen here, but who knows. Second, Newtown was a,survivalist, Arizona walked around spouting the constitution and bill of right and Oklahoma City was a militant, racist. Now what party do these nut jobs usually side with. This is a,fact long ignored.

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7Ytownnative(1035 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Papa you sir are an idiot. Along that logic drunk drivers don't kill people its the car, Forks make people fat, Its amazing our prisons aren't full of the REAL criminals. Knives, cars, alcohol, baseball bats guns, drugs, the list is endless of the inanimate objects that have taken their own mind to do all these crimes, We need to release all criminals because it wasn't their fault it was some inanimate object that did the crime. Haven't figured out what makes the wackos come out of the walls with their soap boxes.

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8olddude(201 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Thats about as asinine an inference as ive ever seen in print..So how bout this one..As of Sept, 96% of murders in NYC were of Black folks. And 97% of those shooters were black.. So, what party do those nut jobs usually side with? And further, There have been 3 times as many murders in Chitown just this year than in the tragedies in OKC,AZ and Newtown combined.. And what party do you think those nutjobs side with?

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9Attis(879 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The ancient Greeks had it right when they said "those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad". This gun madness may just destroy America, just like guns end up killing their owners, relatives or children more often than not...

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