Gun Customers Go Shopping: Fears Over New Restrictions Drive Up Sales

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Gun enthusiasts across the country, including those in our area, are afraid that the federal government will use the Connecticut school shooting as justification for limiting access to firearms.

We visited a Bluffton gun retailer Monday, where business was booming.

Customers fearful that assault rifles may soon be made illegal are buying now, before sales could be cut off.

We popped into 21st Century Firearms, a gun store in Bluffton.

President David Fillers says since Saturday, the shop has seen a huge uptick in sales of semi-automatic modern sporting rifles, handguns, ammunition, powder, primer, and even holsters.

Fillers says after he heard President Obama speak Sunday night of the need for changes in our approach to gun violence, he's convinced a big battle could be brewing over possible bans to certain types of weapons.

He's adamant that assault style rifles should not be outlawed.

" If you read the Federalist papers, our forefathers wanted to protect the same type of guns that our military had. They were concerned about tyranny, they were concerned about a government out of control," Fillers said.

" Gun control, all it's going to do is take the guns away from people that obey the law. It's not going to control the outlaws that take the guns to do crimes with them," said Bruce Bumgarner, a gun owner.

An assault rifle ban was in place not long ago in this country.

President Clinton back in 1994 got such a ban put into effect.

It lasted until 2004, when the law expired.

It will be making a comeback if some Democratic lawmakers get their way.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer from New York says we need an assault rifle ban, a limit to the number of bullets that can go into an ammunition clip, and measures put in place to prevent the mentally ill from purchasing guns.




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