“A lot of it comes down to feeling secure, home security,” Guns, Inc. General Manager Phil Marcil said. “Trying to make sure that there is no home invasions. That there’s a lot of different things that are going on out in the public that people are afraid of.”
Marcil says more and more people are interested in using guns for sporting activities like hunting. Coupled with with political concerns that tighter gun laws could come with the Obama administration, he says sales really began to grow a few years ago.
“Between training courses and a series of background checks, getting your hands on a gun takes about a six month process,” he said.
That includes a local licensing fee and registration with the police.
“It’s not something that happens, you know, within five minutes of you arriving at the store,” Marci said.
When you do get to the gun store, your name is run through an additional federal background check. The FBI says they processed over 154,000 checks last Friday alone, 20% more than last year. It means record gun sales were likely recorded. Marcil says with more guns leaving the store, keeping guns on the shelves can be a challenge.
“There is a little harder emphasis on getting ammunition in here because of the fact that suppliers are using it, again military contracts, police contracts come first to civilians, so it does create a shortage around, which then creates a shortage coming back to the sportsmen,” Marcil said.