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Gun and rifle sales are up all over Acadiana

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 3:06pm

Shooting suits Charles Broussard just fine. He's the inventory manager at Barney's Firearms and Indoor Range in Carencro. He know exactly what guns and rifles he has in his store...and how many he doesn't.

Broussard says that he can't keep rifles on the shelves very long because people keep scooping them up. Rifle sales are up all over Acadiana and Broussard doesn't know why.

One theory is that more sportsmen want to pick up new gear for various hunting seasons.

Another is that customers want to get their hands on rifles now as an investment while the economy is down, hoping when our nation's cashflow bounces back, they'll get more "bang" for their buck.

Still, some say with a new president in office, some gun and rifle laws could be changing. That could be why customers can't keep their hands off handguns.

Barack Obama could revisit some of the assault rifle laws that expired during the George Bush era in Washington. Those laws could be edited to increase the age limit necessary to own rifles or could pass laws making the guns less available without further safety testing.

The second amendment of the United States Constitution states that American citizens have the right to own weapons.