Gun Sales Rising As Kansas Expects Tighter Gun Control Laws

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Kansas is seeing a rise in gun sales as residents expect the new president to tighten gun control.

The Bullet Stop in southwest Wichita had a busy Thursday as people stream in and out looking to buy a gun.

Michael Gunzelman is a first-time gun buyer. When Barack Obama became President-elect, Gunzelman rushed out to make his first purchase.

"Honestly, I've heard rumors the Obama administration is very liberal. He's
been talking about gun bans so many people are fearful that he might instate
a full rifle ban or just tax it," Gunzelman said.

Gun shop owner Don Holman has seen gun sales increase over the past year.

"The fear of the Democrats taking over and Congress and what affects
firearms and ammunition," Holman said.

Many firearm buyers fear President-elect Obama will join fellow Democrats in Congress to enact new gun controls.

Mr. Obama has said that he believes in an individual's right to bear arms, but that he also supports "common-sense safety measures."

Across the country, purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen 8-10% this year. If a new administration starts working on new gun laws, that increase could grow.

Some gun shop owners say gun sales have also increased because of the poor economy. Many believe crime increases when the economy worsens, which leads many to want to protect themselves with a weapon.

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