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Ammo sales, applications for permits continue to rise

Posted January 11, 2013

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— The national concern over mass shootings, like the one in Newtown, Conn., last month has sparked a debate about gun control, resulting in gun shops reporting higher-than-normal gun and ammunition sales.

That's the case in Youngsville at Patriot Shooting Sports, where co-owner Aaron Byrd says sales are two-to-three times higher than they normally are for this time of year.

He's also seeing a shortage of ammunition because customers are stocking up as President Barack Obama is set to announce new measures to tackle gun violence.

"That's what's really got people concerned," Byrd said. "So, a lot of people are going out and getting it while they can.

Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones says applications for gun permits and concealed carry permits has also increased.

In just the first 10 days of January, his office received 47 applications for conceal-carry permits and 125 for pistol permits. Compared with January 2012, the sheriff's office received 60 conceal-carry applications and 55 for pistol permits.

"When I walk in my office every morning at 8 a.m., it's like I'm going into a dentist's office or a doctor's office, when all my chairs are full," Jones said.

This week, Vice President Joe Biden, whom Obama tapped to lead a task force on preventing gun violence, met with the National Rifle Association, representatives from the video-gaming industry and others on the matter.

Biden is expected to deliver a proposal on gun violence prevention to the president next week. It's expected to include recommendations to address mental health care and violence on television, in movies and video games.

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  • goldenosprey Jan 14, 2013

    "well they're not going to take away your abortions either, even though that "right" was written by activist judges and not the framers. But you will scream to high heaven that they will if they get elected."

    Oh please- like it is any less activist to transform the 18th century's "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." into "every yahoo with a pulse who wants a semiauto that fires 80 rounds per minutes at 3000 feet per second can get as many as they want and no one can now about it."

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 14, 2013

    iknowjack,you don't know jack about analogies, do you?
    goldenosprey

    well they're not going to take away your abortions either, even though that "right" was written by activist judges and not the framers. But you will scream to high heaven that they will if they get elected.

  • goldenosprey Jan 14, 2013

    CrumpsBr0, I never had an abortion, and if I had you would not have paid for it. Though publicly funded abortions would save the taxpayers a lot of money. But that is a different thread.
    You would do well to remember your advice to the president when thinking of the government in Raleigh.

    iknowjack,you don't know jack about analogies, do you?

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 14, 2013

    . No one is taking your guns, but if we have to put armed guards in every school, mall and movie theater you should have to pay for it.
    goldenosprey

    Just like we pay for your abortions? Clinton wanted armed guards years ago, and people supported uit. But when the NRA says it its a bad idea. you aren't even open to a debate, you see something you dont like and you want to take it. Barry's re-election wasnt a mandate for you to do whatever you want, don't overstay your welcome.

  • iknowjack Jan 14, 2013

    So goldenosprey, can we tag you with DWI deaths since you also drive a car?

  • goldenosprey Jan 14, 2013

    You are not helping the public, assault weapons enthusiasts, you are firing up the reasonable opposition who is, more than ever, ready to go to the mat with the extremists in the NRA. Alex Jones and that ranter in Tennessee are poster children why we need gun control.
    Pass a 1000% tax on ammo that comes in mags greater than 10 rounds. No one is taking your guns, but if we have to put armed guards in every school, mall and movie theater you should have to pay for it.

  • oldmanjoel Jan 14, 2013

    NO GUN CHANGES UNTIL Posse Comitatus IS RESTORED! This is the 1835 law that says the us military can not arrest us citizens. They can now.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 14, 2013

    Just like Tipper Gore and the PMRC made more money for the music industry by putting parental warning labels on CD's. You're not helping the public liberals, just the businesses. Irony much?

  • trianglerelic Jan 11, 2013

    Until our Government can Guarantee our safety, 100% of the time, they should not tamper with our Constitutional right to own and bear arms for the purpose of defending ourselves, our homes and families. Today, the Police lacks the Funds, and Manpower to make me feel safe in my own home. I know that if I dial 911, right now to report an intruder, that I won't see a Cop for at least 20 minutes. Plenty of time for the bad guy to rob me, kill me, and rape my family.

  • Danny22 Jan 11, 2013

    obama just signed an order providing him and Michelle armed security for life. Oh, yeah, take ours, increase yours.

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