EULESS, 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.
This 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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