Firearms stores see brisk business this holiday season

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As the shopping hours tick down to Christmas, gun stores are getting busy. With more than 48,000 gun retailers throughout the United States, firearms have become a popular holiday gift. CCTV America’s Andrea Arenas reported this story from Washington D.C.

Firearms stores see brisk business this holiday season

Firearms stores see brisk business this holiday season

As the shopping hours tick down to Christmas, gun stores are getting busy. With more than 48,000 gun retailers throughout the United States, firearms have become a popular holiday gift. CCTV America’s Andrea Arenas reported this story from Washington D.C.

“Usually early November, through the end of January we see a pretty brisk sale season. What we recommend for most people is buy a gift card. That way they can come in and get whatever they want,” gun shop owner James Travis said.

Criminal background checks are required for all purchasers, and merchants must comply with various state laws.

“For the most part there are states that have waiting periods imposed. There are states that have fingerprint requirements. There are states that have their own background checks service, where you have to pay a fee for every background check that you run. It is across the board, there is not a consistency,” Travis added.

A felony conviction, drug problem, or history of mental illness are among the red flags that can disqualify would-be gun buyers.

Gun control advocates said federal restrictions should go much further.

“You pass a background check that’s run at the point of purchase you can walk away with a gun, or as many guns as you’d like. There are no limits on how many guns you can buy, really what type of guns you can buy nor what type of ammunition you can buy,” Josh Sugarmann, executive director of Violence Policy Center said.

Gun enthusiasts point to the U.S. constitutional right to bear arms, and an ever more dangerous world where guns can provide protection.

“And you just have that lineage and that legacy of growing up shooting, it’s just something you want to pass onto your children, and so on and so on, but nowadays the world’s gotten a little bit crazier and I think that people have that need for protection,” Travis said.

Two years ago, 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, prompting new calls for tighter gun regulation, but no new federal laws were ever passed.

Gun control advocates said Americans just do not understand the power of the weapons they are purchasing.

“In 2012, more than 33,000 people died from guns. I mean it’s a staggering figure. So for me, I think one of the problems is, things like Sandy Hook, though they shake the nation, they haven’t resulted in change and unfortunately, they move the bar higher as to what shocks us as a nation,” Sugarmann said.

  • The_Quartermaster

    Why do the gunbanners feel their need to lie and misstate so much?
    Example: Josh Sugarmann, executive director of Violence Policy Center quoted here in this article said several things that are just plain dead wrong or at least misleading to the max. “you can walk away with a gun, or as many guns as you’d like. There are no limits on how many guns you can buy, really what type of guns you can buy nor what type of ammunition you can buy”
    Not in Connecticut, Maryland, California, New York, New Jersey you can’t. One gun per month. Wait 10 days after passing and paying. Then you can go back and pick it up. One only. Wait another month for one more and pay for another background check and wait another 10 days to pick it up. No limit on what type of guns you can buy? Scads of limits Mr. Sugarman. And more type limits all the time. Ammunition of several kinds have been banned in those States also-incendiary, hollow points, steel core, large caliber, etc. Sugarman claims “In 2012, more than 33,000 people died from guns. Must have included foreign African and Mid-East Al-Shabab and ISIS/ISIL and Al Queda ansd Syria in those numbers man. Geez you lie like a rug.
    This shows what a crazy lying ill-conceived person is Josh Sugarman and the entire organization he is the spokesperson for. You and your ilk would hollow out the 2nd Amendment like a Halloween pumpkin until there is nothing left but an empty hollow shell.
    Why do the gunbanners feel their need to lie and misstate so much?
    Purposely twist and spin their statements with the utmost hyperbole.
    Emotion driven statements and unnecessary fear and the fallacy that because of one unique example and do it for the children and if only one were saved and discard the scores of the righteous use of guns for protection of self and associates. Illogical, crazy. Yet gaining ground constantly. My advice would be to go get every gun you would like to possess as soon as you can because next year you may not be able to get the ones you want. Ditto ammo. You may become another criminal, too, after the next round of laws is passed if these gunbanners win more politicos.

  • fsilber

    Why give gun control advocates a quote in this story? I mean, you didn’t ask the NRA for _their_ comment.

  • Salmon Hair

    “Gun control advocates said Americans just do not understand the power of the weapons they are purchasing.”

    Americans who buy gun know exactly the power of the weapons they are purchasing. That’s why they purchase them. Gun control advocates, know that so called “assault” weapons are no more dangerous than any other semi-auto and most are less powerful, but they pretend there is a difference, or pretend to be ignorant.