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Gun sales up in Triangle

Posted October 8, 2008

— Some Triangle shop owners report a steady increase in gun sales, which they credit to the struggling national economy.

This year so far, sales at the Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center in Raleigh are up about 35 percent, owner Mike Tilley said.

“Probably most of this year we’ve seen sales and class attendance increase. In fact, our classes right now are so full that we’re suspending taking any reservations right now until November,” Tilley said.

Triangle area shop owners said when the economy’s down, the public perception of crime goes up.

“Crime is hitting home. It’s not just something you hear about on the news. It’s down the street and the next-door neighbors,” Tilley said.

Wayne Chase said he got a gun following several unexplained incidents, including a screen popped out of a window, at his home. He now practices with his gun up at least once or twice a week.

“A lot of my friends and family alike have been…looking into gun sales when they usually wouldn’t even think about owning a gun,” Chase said.

Tilley said business is also booming for Tasers and other weapons.

“People are afraid and they know that the only person responsible for their own protection is themselves and so they’re looking for ways to do it,” Tilley said.


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  • the EX Oct 9, 2008

    People that have lived here for several years are finding that this area isn't as safe as it used to be. The police can't be everywhere all the time. Things like kidnappings at Wal-mart and gang fights at Triangle Town Center this summer have made me start looking for a pistol to carry when I'm away from home. This country is becoming like the wild west.

  • SeaSoldier Oct 9, 2008

    A country disarmed is a country enslaved.

  • 68_polara Oct 9, 2008

    Drye's is the place to go, good honest people run it.

  • ContinuityMan Oct 9, 2008

    "AK-47 bullets will go through your target, your walls and your neighbors walls, killing their kids while they sleep. NOT for home defense!!!"

    Agreed. I was thinking that the intimidation factor alone would scare off any burglar. No shots required.

  • 68_polara Oct 9, 2008

    Got to love the media's spin on everything it's because Obama is about to be elected.

  • TechRescue Oct 9, 2008

    I kind of hope Obama and his buddies do reinstate Brady. That means that the Republicans will again control Congress in 2010 and they SHOULD do what the last Republican congress did - put the country back on track fiscally. Clinton points with pride to the budget surpluses in his second term - but doesn't mention that those budgets came out of a conservative Congress. Anyone can see where the dems have taken us, but it's ok - both Frank and Dodd said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fine.

  • davidgnews Oct 8, 2008

    Any Glock 50s on sale?

  • Glock Ranger Oct 8, 2008

    Good place to shop? Drye's Guns in beautiful, downtown, high rent district of Bahama, NC.

    Get your permit, shop around, decide what you want. Sometimes, gun shows are good places to buy, but the crowds gather wherever handguns are displayed.

    Highly recommend first time gun owners, and those who have not owned guns for a while, get safety training. NRA Basic Pistol Safety Course is a very good course but, there is a charge for taking it. NC Wildlife Resources Commission Hunter Ed courses are also very good firearms safety courses and they are free. Check out the NCWRC website for times and locations.

    Finally, R U out of your mind? A rifle is the absolute last resort for home defense unless you live in the middle of the woods! Shotgun is the best choice, pistol/revolver loaded with safety slugs or shot shells are good choices.

    AK-47 bullets will go through your target, your walls and your neighbors walls, killing their kids while they sleep. NOT for home defense!!!

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  • Hip-Shot Oct 8, 2008

    They might be buying them up out of fear Obama might actually get elected. If he gets in office look for serious attacks to be made on your Second Amendment rights.