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Gun show draws big crowd at State Fairgrounds

Posted May 3, 2009

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— Gun and ammunition sales continue to rise as an estimated 8,000 people showed up this weekend for the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the State Fairgrounds. The event is usually popular, but this year, perhaps even more so.

Fear of law changes sparks gun sales Fear of law changes sparks gun sales

“Ammo has gone up about three times what it was about three months ago," gun owner Ray Wallace said.

Some gun owners say sales are up due to fear that a Democratic president and Congress will revive old, stricter gun laws.

“I had eight people asking me to buy this (gun) right off of me,” gun owner Matt Elston said as he left the gun show this weekend at the State Fairgrounds.

Gun retailers across North Carolina saw sales triple or even quadruple immediately after President-elect Barack Obama's victory in November.

Retailers say guns selling so fast that some are on back order and ammunition is running low. People are buying ammo by the case these days, not the box.

“They are stock piling it (ammo). They are just keeping it for themselves right now because they are afraid of the (Obama) administration and what is going to happen,” Elston said.

Other people say the economy is driving up gun demand. People want to be able to protect themselves and their families during uncertain times.

“There's so much thieving going on (and) so much breaking and entering,” Wallace said.

Political insiders say it is unlikely that Obama would focus on passing any new gun restrictions during his first term – when the economic downturn will be his top priority. Even with a Democratic-controlled Congress, stiffening gun laws would be controversial.

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  • stratomaster May 4, 2009

    SalemWWX - Well said. I think that those who aren't Americans fail to understand or realize what our personal freedoms, whether it's speech, gun ownership, etc, mean to us.

  • SalemWWX May 4, 2009

    "The US gun culture is just absolutely bizarre to someone who comes from abroad."

    I don't have anything against anybody, but the opinions of my lifestyle and attitudes held those from abroad is probably at the very bottom of my list of concerns....

  • SalemWWX May 4, 2009

    "You keep mentioning "easy access", what do you mean by that? Do you mean criminals buying them on the black market or stealing them from gun stores and residences? Or do you mean the background check the law-abiding have to go through? What about the permission you have to get from the sheriff if you want a handgun?"

    That's the part they wil always be too dense to comprehend. All the laws in the world only inhibit gun ownership by people who by and large would never hurt anyone anyway. But they are so terrified of being hurt by a gun that instead of picking one up and learning to use it to defend themselves they'd rather pretend that if you take them all away then no one would ever get hurt....They don't comprehende that an incredibly large majority of gun-owners in this country never hurt anyone with them. You can't make them see logic or common sense. They don't want to understand....

  • believer58 May 4, 2009

    So when only the criminals have guns that will please you?

    Not thinking any other issue will cause a revolution as quickly as someone attempting to take away the guns of every law biding citizen.
    And at the rate they are being bought.....it should prove to be one heck of a revolution.

  • bradh2 May 4, 2009

    The US gun culture is just absolutely bizarre to someone who comes from abroad.

    Perhaps you need to let go of your biases and do some objective research.

  • haggis basher May 4, 2009

    "Are you by chance the victim of a violent crime? I'm not being sarcastic, just curious."
    No. A friends son narrowly missed death in the Dunblane massacre and I have kids. The US gun culture is just absolutely bizarre to someone who comes from abroad.

  • bradh2 May 4, 2009

    Easy access to guns will kill far more Americans this year than 911 and the Taliban will come close to.....

    You keep mentioning "easy access", what do you mean by that? Do you mean criminals buying them on the black market or stealing them from gun stores and residences? Or do you mean the background check the law-abiding have to go through? What about the permission you have to get from the sheriff if you want a handgun?

  • stratomaster May 4, 2009

    haggis basher - your postings appear to have some bitterness/anger worked in to them. Are you by chance the victim of a violent crime? I'm not being sarcastic, just curious.

  • haggis basher May 4, 2009

    "A revolution is coming."
    No thats the black helicopters.......

  • haggis basher May 4, 2009

    "They fear guns because they're not smart enough to understand them...."
    Not much to understand....they are basically very simple devices, thats why they are so popular with gun nuts. Anyone with an IQ above 70 can use one.......

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