Run on guns continues as proposed law to protect semi-automatic weapons fails to pass

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Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:07pm

A law that would have protected those who own semi-automatic weapons wasn't able to gain the momentum it needed to pass this session, continuing to the fuel the run on certain guns.

It may be good for business, but many local firearms dealers still aren't able to keep certain guns and ammo on their shelves, six months after the run on guns started.

"I’ve never seen it like this. It’s crazy. It’s online, it's in stores. I’ve stopped at every hunting outfitter in the area and I am having trouble finding any hunting ammunition that I need," remarked Van Parker, a life-long gun owner.

David Reynerson, of Bowie Outfitters, mentioned that it all started back in December of last year, when people started worrying the federal government would restrict semi-automatic guns.

"We’re still seeing runs. People are still wanting to buy guns. I’ve been in the business 30 years and I’ve never seen this happen. And all of our suppliers are saying this has never happened to us,” shared Reynerson.

Legislation aimed at fighting any future federal bans on semi-automatic weapons didn’t make it through the process this session, gun owners said they were a little disappointed to see it defeated.

"I do not want to lose my right as a citizen to be able to own and operate the type of guns I would like," said Parker.

"I was a bit disappointed, but I do think the public, I think what's real obvious is the public wants to have guns and the right to buy them," added Reynerson.

Reynerson mentioned that he is expecting to start getting more product in, but said even that may not stop this recent run on guns.

"People are just going to continue. I don't think it's going to stop this year or even when the market cleans up and understanding now that the possibility is there that they couldn't do it any longer," he said.

The bill that would have made it illegal for the federal government to restrict owning or buying semi-automatics was never heard on the Senate floor. Many lawmakers pointed out it could be hard to enforce rules against the federal government.


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