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Talk of tougher laws driving gun sales

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gun suppliers in Wilmington are struggling to keep their shelves stocked. They say it has to do with people protecting themselves, but employees say they think customers are more worried about some weapons soon being banned.

John Yeaton thinks everyone has the right to protect themselves. He bought a gun Wednesday, so he would have a weapon if necessary.

“(I) started getting a little worried about what could happen,” Yeaton said. “I wanted to hurry up and get down here and get one, so that it would be grandfathered in prior to whatever they decide.”

Yeaton is not alone.

Shooter’s Choice in Wilmington has been packed since talk of stricter gun control started circulating in Washington.

“People are just afraid,” Shooter’s Choice’s Alice McKoy said. “We’ve been busy since before the election. Then we have our regular Christmas rush that we usually get, but I think after the incident (in Connecticut), people are afraid that they’re not going to be able to get stuff, so everybody’s coming in and buying everything they can get their hands on.”

Despite recent shootings, employees at the store do not think banning certain types of weapons is going to make the community safer.

“I don’t necessarily think that it’s going to make a difference as far as the violence goes in our country,” McKoy said. “I tend to believe that guns don’t kill people. Automatic guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

Yeaton served in the Marines and was wounded in action. He says his injury along with the potential new restrictions on firearms makes him worried about his safety.

“It’s going to make me a much softer target, since I walk around with a cane after being wounded,” Yeaton said. “It’s going to affect everything.”

People we spoke with today at the store say they believe people who go out of their way to register and purchase a gun legally are not the people the government needs to worry about. They said people who follow laws are not the same people responsible for mass shootings.

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