Local Gun Shops See Surge in Sales
Since the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun stores across the nation have seen a surge in sales. Local gun shop owners say the last few days have been packed with people.
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Over the past several days, local gun stores like Jackson's Guns and Ammo in Henrietta have been a target for shoppers.
"In the last four days, it's been nonstop. It hasn't been specific weapons. It's been everything. Whatever is on the shelf they're buying,” said Kordell Jackson, owner.
Jackson says his sales have increased 110 to 150 percent.
"We have a lot of repeat business. We have people we haven't seen. People traveling from New York City."
Jackson says Wednesday, his store was the busiest.
"I think it has a lot to do with the scare, we are not sure what's going to happen. Things of that nature,” Jackson said.
In East Rochester, American Sportsman owner Fred Calcagno says not only has he seen an increase in customers, but he's noticed more of what he calls panic buying on weapons like semi-automatic assault rifles. He says it’s because of nationwide talk about new gun laws.
"Whenever something like this happens and they propose legislation and no one knows exactly what it's going to be, people get nervous and maybe they put off buying something for a while and not they come in and buy it, and they buy what they think they may not be able to buy next week or the week after or the week after,” Calcagno said.
Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a push for new gun policies. That led to differing opinions.
"Unfortunately, we need tougher control on people where guns shouldn't be in their hands. I don't want to see guns banned and taken away from people who exercise responsibly," said Eddie Hossar of Webster.
"Usually more laws just hurt the honest guy,” said Tony Torregrossa of Henrietta.
Calcagno believes talks of new policies gives good reason for people to want to buy. He says stricter laws on guns are not enough to erase last Friday's nightmare in Newtown.
"Unfortunately, what they ban is not going to affect what happened there," Calcagno said.