Demand for guns, ammo runs high in Henry County

Demand for guns, ammo runs high in Henry County

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A Henry County gun shop says demand for guns and ammunition is out of control. Officials at the Army-Navy Outdoor Center in Stockbridge say the more they hear about gun control, the more ammo and guns they sell.

Store manager Russ Smith said that some ammo is getting harder to find.

"If you had to leave here and figure out which was harder to find: a case of 9mm or a unicorn, you may be better off to look for a horse with a bump on its head," Smith said.

Smith said that they're so close to selling out of 9mm ammo that he only sells it to customers who buy the gun to go with it.

"It actually angers people. If they get their eyes on it and they see it and you tell them, ‘Hey man, I can't sell you any of that because I need it to sell guns,' they literally will be fuming mad," Smith said.

Store owners are also seeing a big increase in the number of women wanting a gun and wanting to learn how to use it.

Smith said that he thinks the reasons for the run on guns and ammo are personal safety and talk of legislation. Every time politicians start talking gun control, he says he sees the effect.

"Every time they open their mouth, we sell another 1,000 guns. What everybody doesn't realize, if they just hush, we really don't sell that many of them," Smith said.

It's the same story for ammo, according to Smith.

"They're afraid of regulation, they're afraid of a tax on ammo, afraid they're going to need it," Smith said.

Smith says during the Clinton administration they sold an average of 300 guns a month. During the Bush years, he said they sold 1,000 guns per month. Now, during the Obama administration, he says they are selling 6,000 guns a month.

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