The prospect of a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre has set of a round of buying, as thousands of Americans head to their local gun store to secure the popular AR-15 -- the model used by the school gunman -- before potential government prohibitions on their purchase.And the ammo used in the AR-i5, the .223 round, is also flying off the shelves, as are high-capacity magazines.
* The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it set a new record for single-day background check submittals this past weekend.
In San Diego, Northwest Armory gun store owner Karl Durkheimer said Saturday "was the biggest day we've seen in 20 years. Sunday will probably eclipse that."
In southwest Ohio, from dawn to dusk a Cincinnati gun show had a line of 400 waiting to get in, said Joe Eaton of the Buckeye Firearms Association.
The ammo, again, is also sailing off the shelves:
Gun owners aren't just afraid of losing their right to buy certain guns. Jeff Serdy, owner of AJI Sporting Goods in Apache Junction, Ariz., said his buyers were buying ammunition.So, in anticipation of effective regulation (not otherwise specified) hundreds of thousands of Americans are 'stocking up' on guns and ammo.
"I am selling a ton of ammunition," Serdy said. "My people figure it is easier for the president to ban ammunition sales than to get a gun bill through Congress."
I imagine this is a sign that these people 'fear' the imposition of 'regulations" (again, not specified) and they INTEND to not be affected by it OR honor it.
And when these regulations are created and implemented I don't think many of these people are going to turn around and sell their stuff back to the government for a pittance. nor will they line up with smiling faces to patiently turn all their now-illegal stuff in.
As indicated by stocking up in anticipation of just such an occurrence.