Gun Sales Spike amid New Ban Threats

By Bedard, Paul | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, July 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Gun Sales Spike amid New Ban Threats


Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Sales of pistols and semi-automatic AR-15 rifles like the one used in the Colorado mass killings are spiking amid concerns that the shootings inside a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 dead could prompt a new wave of gun-control laws, especially if President Obama is

re-elected.

While there has been no outcry yet among liberals in Washington to renew the assault weapons ban that barred sales of AR-type semi- automatic rifles, dealers and manufacturers told Secrets that panicked consumers are worried that the election could be followed with regulations, laws or rules aimed at curbing or killing sales.

Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C., one of the nations largest sellers, said he had so many customers flood his store Saturday after the Colorado shooting that we couldnt fit everybody in. Hyatt, who offers classes on AR shooting, also said that since Friday, applications to carry concealed weapons has jumped from the normal 15 a month to 42.

People are concerned that gun laws are rearing up, he said.

The assault weapons ban ended in 2004, opening the door to sales of semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15, initially built for military use and used for target practice and hunting. Lawmakers have threatened to revive it but concede that it wont happen in an election year.

While the Colorado shooting has sparked more sales nationally, gun dealers said they have been experiencing a surge in sales, especially in semi-automatic weapons, since Obama was elected and as the 2012 election has neared. Weve seen a spike ever since 2008, when Obama was elected, said a spokesman for Loudoun Guns in

Leesburg, Va.

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