Gun Laws Could Hurt Local Businesses

By: Scottie Hunter Email
By: Scottie Hunter Email

"Business unfortunately has been booming."

A boom that has many gun store owners up in arms today.

"Crazy..just busy as we could be. We're doing 5 and 6 times what we normally do in sales over the past three or four days," says Scott Smith.

"This is unprecedented...we've never seen sales like this..ever," added Dan Nicholson.

While this is good for the bottom line, many residents say it's not good for just anyone to have access to a gun."I believe that you should be allowed to purchase guns but there should be stronger regulations against it," says Erica Boyd.

Regulations because you never know who's behind the trigger.

"There should be more regulations on who can purchase the guns. Check out their mental backgrounds...their personal backgrounds," says Mattie Boyd.

Nicholson says guns aren't the problem and only when they fall into the wrong hands do they pose a threat so rather than eliminating guns altogether, he supports a different option.

And regulating gun sales could be devastating for his business. "In the long term, and I'm not talking terribly long term.. in the next 6 months I could be out of business," says Nicholson.

A thought that makes him and other salesmen nervous. "It could threaten my livelihood and all my employees too."

But for now they will have to focus on those sales.

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