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12/20/2012

It's a great time to own a gun store

IMG_1715EULESS, Texas - Out of curiosity I pulled into this gun & ammo shop on Highway 10 to see how accurate the stories are - that gun stores are doing very good business these days, and not just because people are in the holiday spirit.

The stories are indeed true. This place was doing fantastic business when I visited on Thursday afternoon.

"It's for the wrong reasons," one store employee told me. "I knew it was going to happen but I didn't think it would be like this."

One employee told me he figured that since the Newtown tragedy, business at this location has at least "tripled". Fear of not being able to buy automatic assualt rifles are driving customers to stores to buy these guns, even with money they don't necessarily have.

"People are panic buying," he said. "At first they were coming in wanting to buy a specific (AR); now they are coming in saying, 'Give me whatever you got.' Whatever - AK 47s, whatever."

We're talking people buying guns that run from about $800 to $2,000 per. Most of the "cheap" ones are sold out.

IMG_1713This store employee, who is over 60 and is a gun collector, fears that it's a matter of time before legislators re-introduce the Brady Bill, and then ban magazines that carry anything more than 10 rounds. He does not see a day when all ARs will be banned.

The chatter in the store between a few employees and customers focused on people who are calling for a ban to guns; that it's not the guns that are killing but the people. That this is more of a mental health issue than a 2nd ammendment issue.

Personally, I'm not a gun guy. Don't own one, and can't see myself buying one. I have shot a few times in my life, and certainly can see why people enjoy it. Although I really can't see the need to buy an AK-47. It was created to hunt people, not deer.

And I tend to agree with this store employee - they are not going to be able to ban all guns in this country, but more restrictions, especially on ARs, are coming and the day of buying guns with large magazines are very likely numbered.

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j wagner


Please. Learn the terminology. Whether used purposefully or out of ignorance, the term "automatic assault rifle" is inaccurate and, I feel, used to incite feelings of opposition to particular models of firearms. ARs and AKs are generally sold as semiautomatic. They use the same basic action as a semiautomatic Remington shotgun one may use for dove or duck hunting. They simply look different. Magazine capacity may be different, but the firearm itself is a universal operating system that is found in sporting guns worldwide.

Red Greene

In answer to J Wagner, except for the lack of an automatic sear a commercial AR or AK or any other copy of the popular AR 15 is still an assault rifle.

Anmut

Red Greene. No - it is not. It doesn't assault anything. Please do your homework before commenting.

DuringMay

Red, that is legally, historically, and factually incorrect. By removing the select fire capabilities of a carbine, utilizing a correct category intermediate cartridge, it is no longer an assault rifle.

To make a semi-auto full-auto is not as simple as adding a sear. An AR, as example, requires two different changes to the bolt carrier group, a different cut in many brands of upper receivers, a sear, a change of selector type, a different hammer, a hole drilled for the sear, and internal dimension changes of the lower receiver. Manufacturers making legal conversions of law enforcement can also vouch that there is some troubleshooting to make it happen. It is not just the addition and subtraction of a single part. Even buying all the parts new and putting them together can cause timing issues if they are not from the same manufacturer. It's an issue of tolerance levels.

Your comment, "except for the lack of an automatic sear a commercial AR or AK or any other copy of the popular AR 15 is still an assault rifle" is a modern uninformed view that even the federal supreme court have disagreed with on numerous occasions. Citing the proposed regulation of assault rifles (in 1984, 1988, 1993, and 1996) as being already contained with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the semi-auto variants as being only "cosmetically similar". Our lawmakers are poorly educated on the items they legislate. I recommend "the Worlds Assault Rifles" by Johnathan & Nelson or attending a firearms training catered to journalists. I'm a (non-religious, non-conservative) firearms instructor, armorer, with a degree in journalism, and have myself taught such classes.

free agent

declaring oneself a non gun owner publicly, is to set oneself up to be victimized. The nonownership is best to remain a matter private.

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