Skip to comments.Surge in local gun sales mirrors national trend
Posted on 01/05/2013 4:59:58 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
Wally Wentz, owner of Gators Custom Gun Shop in Kelso, said customers have been clamoring for variations of the AR-15, AK-47 and handguns with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds, adding he has never seen such a surge in gun sales in 25 years.
I cant even describe how busy it has been, he said.
Prices for guns and ammunition have shot up along with demand, Wentz said. A $300 box of bullets was priced at $600 last month, now theyre sold out everywhere. He added that he sold a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun for $1,500 last week that would have sold for $800 a couple of months before.
When (wholesalers) pay more, we pay more and the customer pays more, Wentz said. But were making every effort to not be scalpers or take advantage of the opportunity.
Law enforcement officials have noticed the upward trend as well but have said theyre not concerned about the increased gun ownership because of requirements for background searches and other checks and balances. Longview Police Sergeant Mike Hallowell said buyers seem to be evenly distributed between first-timers and those who already own firearms.
Concealed weapons permits have also climbed alongside gun sales. Cowlitz County Sheriffs Office received 192 concealed pistol permit applications last month, up from 88 in December 2011.
It has slowed down a little bit in January, said Chief Civil Deputy Lisa Uhlich. But were still above average.
Gun retailers say they dont see demand falling for at least another six months.
I didnt expect this, Wentz said. And I dont think its going to calm down until theres legislation. Until that uncertainty is cleared up, I dont see this ending anytime soon.
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I know where I live in Indiana - teachers and other school officials are and have already applied or gotten their concealed weapon permits - the local law enforcement stated that the idea of banning guns - seizing guns - will not happen in Indiana because it’s a gun loving state - and people in the community are talking about securing and staying armed to protect what is there’s and is supported by law enforcement.
By reason, if a property owner and parent takes the time and aids in “deterrence” then there will not be criminal activity...that’s just the way it is. Schools that have armed personnel do not have incidents like Sandy Hook.
[Liberal logic] Of course they are buying these guns so they have something they can give away when they are confiscated...