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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(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

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

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2DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh my, guns are dreadful! Until YOU are in need of one!

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3ulistenup(95 comments)posted 3 years, 6 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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4NoBS(2758 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What the increase in gun sales tells me is that the majority of US citizens want gun ownership, despite what the government threatens to mandate. It's not just the "gun enthusiasts in a panic" as the article slantedly says, but rather regular, everyday citizens are buying up guns while they can get them. The anti-gunners in the government would do well to notice this, and ruminate on what it means.

I do not support any ban on any weapon currently legal to own. The Brady Bunch has to get over itself and admit it's not the inanimate object that kills - it's the nutcase using it.

I blame the "news" media and its incessant, sensationalistic coverage, as much as anything else for this increase in mental defectives shooting up innocents. There's already been at least one copycat of the knucklehead who shot at those firemen in NY - it happened again in Alabama.

Guns cause crime like spoons made Rosie O'Donnell fat.

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5DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 6 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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6VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 6 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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7papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 6 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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8NoBS(2758 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Vindyak, no, I didn't know Rosie O'Donnell is a handgun owner despite her public anti-gun rhetoric, but once a hypocrite always a hypocrite - it doesn't surprise me.

And papa, since you're playing "what if?" by claiming the monster who shot and killed 20 kids didn't have a gun, he'd have killed less, WHAT IF because he didn't have a gun, he went for the Tim McVeigh response - fertilizer and Diesel fuel. With no gun at all, McVeigh killed 169 people. Without human interaction, the gun just sits there like the inanimate object it is. It takes a human to make it do anything.

To all the anti-gunners: Would you be as willing to give up your First Amendment rights as you are your Second Amendment rights?

Let's ban cars - far more people, heck, far more children die because of cars in one year than because of guns in 10 years. Plus, we have a Constitutional right to own a gun. We have no such right to own a car. Let's get rid of those deadly cars!!

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9Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 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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10Attis(1129 comments)posted 3 years, 6 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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11peacelover(838 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I can't get past that guy who says he finds joy in shooting and killing birds.

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