Debate on gun control increases local gun sales - FOX 35 News Orlando

Debate on gun control increases local gun sales

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President Obama announced his proposals to tighten gun control on Wednesday, following the murder of 20-children at a Connecticut school.

The most controversial proposals must be passed by Congress.

They include:

  • Background checks on all gun sales-- even at gun shows and private sales.
  • A ban on assault weapons.
  • Reducing the maximum number of gun magazines to 10 rounds.

While research reveals one in six adult Americans wants stricter gun laws, a new study by American University showed more young people are planning to own guns.

The gun control debate has actually increased sales at many local gun stores. 

Forrest Buckwald owns Buck's Gun Rack in Daytona Beach.  He said sales are up 40-60 percent for the last month just from first time buyers. He recently sold out of assault-style weapons.

 "We are out of 9mm and .380 ammunition," said Buckwald. "We are very low on other calibers. We've never seen anything like this in the industry. In my 31 years working here I've never seen a situation like this."

It's a situation that also includes younger buyers.

"We have a lot of young people who are interested in fast cars, fast airplanes, and fast guns," said Buckwald.

Dave Garganny, 25, rushed to Buck's to stock up on ammunition for several of his guns.

"I just heard Mr. Barack Obama is putting in regulations that could make it harder to get this in the future," said Garganny.

Garganny is among a growing trend of more young people bearing and looking to bear arms. Garganny said critics do not fully understand the real issue in the debate.

"They don't consider the issue that it's the person behind the gun that can do the harm," said Garganny. "The gun alone by itself will not harm anyone. It just sits there until a person picks it up. Then it becomes dangerous."

In that same American University study, of the 4,000 students polled, those who played video games four or more a day were 50-percent more likely to plan to own a gun.

"One of the best things that I did hear from here, on perhaps the only good thing, is looking at the video games," said Buckwald. "In letting kids play these games, they don't associate violence with reality. I think there's a blur on that, and that may be responsible for some of the horrible things that have happened in this country."


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