CRESTWOOD, KY (WAVE) - A new Washington Post poll found 52 percent of Americans favor new gun control measures. Despite that, guns are flying off store shelves in Kentuckiana.
Owners at several gun shops tell WAVE 3 News, they've had days when their stores are packed, some even say they had lines out the door and all of those we talked to tell us, their supplies are running low.
"They've been though the roof," said Open Range Sales consultant Aaron Hatfield of gun sales and one thing is driving them, "fear," he said. "They're scared of what's going to happen and the unknown."
As the Connecticut school shootings and the shooter's AR 15 rifle fuel talk of more gun control, Open Range's Hatfield says buyers have come out of the woodwork. At first, he said sales were amazing, now he says, many dealers have little on the shelves. A section normally full of ARs and Lever Action Rifles are all gone.
Gun sellers can't replenish their stock.
Hatfield said the wholesalers are running out of guns and ammunition and manufacturers can't keep up with demand. Without sales, a shooting range on Open Range's property would be something to fall back on right? Not exactly. "We have twelve pistol lanes and five rifle lanes and without ammo to sell, what are people going to shoot on those lanes?" Hatfield asked.
Open Range CEO Barry Laws put his concerns about how gun control could impact Kentucky businesses and jobs in a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell.
Dealers maintain responsible gun owners shouldn't be penalized for a complex problem that won't be solved with a knee jerk reaction, citing mental health issues to violent video games. At Open Range, they tell us, kids who can barely see over the counter come in to play paintball and are authorities on police and military-only assault weapons.
"They know the specs on the guns and they'll stand here and say I've shot that and I've shot that and I've shot that when really, they've played it on a video game."
Many people ask why does anyone need a 30 round magazine? Open Range said in regulated shooting competitions, shooters require more than 10 rounds and some people simply want more than 10 rounds for home defense.
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