Gun sellers say sales have boomed after election
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CHARLOTTE--Some gun sellers said their stores have been packed, following the 2012 election. While they say they're not as busy as they were following the 2008 election, business has increased since the weeks prior to the election.
"In our business, it used to we have two seasons and now we have three. Christmas season, the hunting season, and political season,” said Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop.
And even though Christmas is right around the corner, right now they're in the midst of political season.
"We have a lot of customers coming in. What they've said in the last two days, well, after this election I think I'm going to go ahead and buy my gun, I’m not going to put it off any longer,” said Hyatt.
Hyatt said the day after the election, his store was packed. He says one reason could be the bad economy, but more than that, he thinks it's still the fear of gun legislation.
"There's been talk of bans on certain magazine capacity and certain types of guns, and certainly after this election I think if we have some type of a massacre or a big gun event where people are killed, some deranged person, we could much more likely have a gun law passed than we were last year,” said Hyatt.
Catawba College professor Dr. Michael Bitzer said when it comes to the Second Amendment, states have the crucial power over things such as regulating gun sales and requiring background checks.
"But the concern is always there, the fear is always there. That the federal government is stepping into health care issues, it's stepping into all these other issues, they will eventually step in and try and regulate my gun possession. That's the concern that they have,” said Bitzer.
He said the fact that Republicans have a firm control over all three branches in North Carolina should provide some relief to the state's conservative population.
"I think from a conservative gun owner's perspective, they should look at Raleigh and say, 'Boy, I'm glad that group is in control rather than the folks in Washington,’” said Bitzer.
So despite a bad week on Wall Street, some of the world’s biggest gun makers saw stocks rise, which is good news for gun store owners like Hyatt.
Hyatt said after the 2008 election, they were flooded with business and that lasted for about two years, and he expects they'll be busy again for the next couple of years. He added that manufacturers have amped up production, so supply isn't as scarce it was in 2008.