Anticipation of new gun control proposals leads to spike in gun sales

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Updated: 1/15/2013 8:48 pm
The anticipation surrounding the president's announcement of new gun control proposals has caused something of a firearm frenzy.

"It's been crazy," Chris Bennett with Sharp Shooters said. "AR's are flying off the shelf. We used to have a rack that's was full and it's almost completely empty now, and that happened in the span of two days. Magazines are the same thing. People were coming in here buying magazines for $15 before, and now they're, based on the market, bumped up to about $60 a pop, and they're still coming in and buying them. We're having to limit people on everything right now. Guns, ammo and accessories."

Bennett said this isn't the first time he's seen fear in people about gun control. The business tries to be prepared for anything, but this, he said, was unprecedented.

"A lot of these people are worried about protecting themselves more than anything, and protecting their rights," Bennett said. "If they feel the need to have a gun in their house, they'd like to have one. Whether they use it or not is completely up to them, but they still want it."

With some clearing the shelves in preparation for the worst, Lubbock Democratic Party Chair Kenny Ketner said many Americans are getting the wrong idea about the president's intentions.

"That's a real challenge because whenever people hear gun control, gun safety being discussed, it's like, 'They're going to issue an executive order and grab my guns, and we're going to lose our guns', and nobody is proposing that," Ketner said. "Second Amendment is a vital part of the Bill of Rights, and nobody is proposing doing away with it."

He said it's important to reiterate that the state's Democratic party is working to find a common ground.

"The Texas Democratic Party has a task force studying the gun issue, and they're promoting common sense solutions to the problem, including funding mental health facilities properly, looking at high-capacity magazines, and still supporting the Second Amendment, and the right to own a gun, hunt with a gun, all those things that are part of American life," Ketner said.

We spoke with Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer, who's not a fan of any changes to gun laws, especially by the president.

"I think he's on very thin ice here, because we're talking about the constitutional right for the law-abiding American citizens to have guns," Neugebauer said. "It's a democracy, we have these discussions and debates, then we vote. For the president to use executive orders to change the gun laws in this country, I think it is a little concerning to me."

There is said to be as many as 19 possible actions the president could take through executive order. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has declined to specify what any of those may be. Options for potential executive orders could include more aggressively enforcing existing gun laws, beefing up national research on guns and ordering stricter action against those who lie on gun sale background checks.
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