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Gun, ammunition sales spike following mass shooting, Obama's address

Posted December 7, 2015

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— Gun and ammunition sales have been spiking in Wake County following President Obama's Sunday prime-time address and the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., last week that left 14 people dead.

Clay Ausley, the owner of Fuquay Gun & Gold, said shoppers are not just checking items off their Christmas lists, they are stocking up in anticipation that gun control laws will tighten.

"We even saw an influx of customers coming in purchasing in fear of what (Obama) was going to say," he said.

Ausley said he started work at 4 a.m. Monday morning to replenish the stock.

"With Obama making the statement that he wants to change legislation, get it to where its harder for the public to purchase high-capacity firearms, folks are going to start running to get what they can get ," he said. "The heaviest hitters have been ammunition and high-capacity magazines. The AR mags, the AK mags - they have been flowing out of here like water."

Gun owner Rebecca Eaddy says she is concerned about her legal rights.

"It is a concern because those of us who take our Second Amendment rights seriously do not want them to be infringed," Eaddy said. "We take that very seriously."

Ausley said the demand for concealed carry classes has also increased dramatically in recent weeks.

"We have added a bunch of class dates and scheduled a lot more classes, and it is still not enough to keep up with the demand we have going right now," he said.

Eaddy and fellow gun owner Ryan LaFree are advocates of gun education.

"I don't recommend anybody just to go out and purchase a gun and go home and think, ‘I'm safe.’ A gun is a last resort," LaFree said. "It is a means of protecting my life when my life is in full danger of death or my family."

But in the wake of Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, gun owners said self-protection, not legislation, is on their minds.

"Criminals are going to commit these egregious acts whether there are laws in place or not," Eaddy said.

"People who are committing crimes are getting stuff illegally no matter what," LaFree said. "It's not the legal gun owners that are coming in and buying them."

According to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, there were about 170 more pistol purchase permits issued in November 2015 than in November 2014. Ausley does not anticipate the sales will slow down anytime before the 2016 presidential election.

"Some of the folks who are running for office absolutely want to get their hands on our guns, for sure, and restrict our gun rights," he said.

The group North Carolinians Against Gun Violence said it believes stronger laws could help curb violence and that universal background checks should be required.

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  • William Campbell Dec 8, 2015
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    Owebamba is the best gun salesman in history!

  • Greg Tarpley Dec 8, 2015
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    Doubtful. More likely the civilian, semi-auto M1A.

  • Howard Roark Dec 8, 2015
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    Agreed. And although I don't think the 2nd is going anywhere, the constitution is a living document. It can and has been changed throughout history. It changes when there's enough support from the citizens and their elected body to make the change.

    To be clear, I'm not against guns at all. In fact, my family owns several guns. I support their right as well. I just don't buy the arguments that additional legislation regarding the procurement of firearms is useless. Just like I feel that "bans" at a local and state level are laughable at best to control firearm usage by criminals.

  • Howard Roark Dec 8, 2015
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    All speculation Sean. I'm simply stating that by the laws on the books, if the federal government feels the civil unrest is a threat, it has given itself the authority to use it's military forces and resources to neutralize it.

    It is law on the books. That's all I'm trying to say here.

  • Sean Creasy Dec 8, 2015
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    Not quite... A large part of the military would back a revolt by US citizens and stick to their oath to protect us . Besides they are just as sick of getting shafted by the politicians as we are...

  • Greg Tarpley Dec 8, 2015
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    You're serious, aren't you? Do you even know anyone that owns guns? I do. I know probably thousands and they quite literally come from all walks of life - doctors, lawyers, janitors, cops, business people, etc. How dare you assume anything about someone who wants to go spend their hard-earned money on something they choose to spend their money on. You simply would not put up with it if someone did the same to you.

  • Roger Way Dec 8, 2015
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    Perhaps...and I hope that it never comes to that. But, my knowledge of history states that this "authority to clean house" is the very reason the Second Amendment was written into the Bill of Rights and will never be repealed or rejected outside of a totalitarian coup. A people that controls its government knows liberty. A government that controls its people knows tyranny.

  • Howard Roark Dec 8, 2015
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    Oh trust me, I don't think it will ever get to that point either. I'm simply stating the fact that if gun advocates who think they're protecting themselves with their guns from an overreaching government, while thinking the Posse Comitatus Act was going to protect them, times have changed.

    If it ever escalates to a citizen's uprising, rest assured that the Federal gov't has given itself the authority to clean house.

  • Bob Goulet Dec 8, 2015
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    Simple... Dont want a gun... Dont Buy one.. Also Please let it be known publicly so that I dont inadvertently(honestly hope I never have to..but one never knows) use mine to defend you..

    That is all.

  • Roger Way Dec 8, 2015
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    Seriously? If things ever go THAT far, then we will clearly find ourselves once again in the midst of another devastating civil war. Not the scenario I would personally support. Not buying it, Howard...

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