NAPLES, Fla - The urgency for action by some lawmakers to change gun control laws has sparked an increase in gun sales.
Sunday night, President Obama spoke at a memorial in Newtown, Connecticut. He told a roomful of people he will use whatever power his office holds to prevent more tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.
After the President's speech, one Naples gun shop reports a big boost in business. Eric Sandberg, the owner of Centennial Arms, Inc. says they were extremely busy all day Monday. Sandberg says there is fear among gun owners that the laws will change and that's brining in more customers.
"I think everyone needs something for protection," says one Naples man who owns a gun for two reasons: for sport and for protection. "I don't live in a world where I think something is going to happen, but if it does I want to be ready for it and I think everyone should have that right."
The recent debate over gun control laws has sparked fear among gun owners that they may lose their right to carry.
"It's very scary," says one Naples gun owner. "It is one of our rights. How far do you go?"
That panic has sparked an increase in gun sales at Centennial Arms, Inc. in Naples.
Sandberg says he has received, "a lot of phone calls. A lot of people are coming in. A lot of people are wanting to buy magazines and certain types of fire arms that may be banned in the future."
Sandberg says people are mostly purchasing the guns they think might be banned, like AK-47's and high capacity hand guns that hold more than ten rounds.
"Fear equals consumption, so if people think they can't get something, they're going to want to buy it," says Sandberg.
Down the road, the owner of Pine Ridge Pawn isn't seeing the same boost. "I've seen no increase in gun sales today versus our normal sales," says John Dalia.
But, Dalia believes a spike is inevitable if legislation is introduced and gets traction in congress.
"You know the president will sign it, possibly then you may see it," says Dalia.
The owner of Centennial Arms says there were only two other times he saw a spike in gun sales similar to Monday. Those came after attacks on 9/11 and the fear for safety following Hurricane Katrina.
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