“It’s a fine line,” he said. “Nobody wants the wrong person to have a gun.”
The recent rise in ammunition sales is a seasonal increase generated by Christmas gifts of firearms, Mayhood said.
Also this week, a newly formed coalition of gun rights and conservative groups set Jan. 19 as “Gun Appreciation Day.” Organizers urge Americans to rally at guns stores, ranges and show in a public statement against government policies two days before the presidential inauguration.
Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to take steps against gun violence.
But Americans are fed up with laws that restrict their freedoms, Losie said, and the prospect of increased gun control has spurred gun sales.
“People aren’t going to get told what they’re going to do in the United States,” he said, describing gun control as a “bunch of garbage.” More deaths in the nation are the result of alcohol and automobiles and physical violence than shootings, he said, and a pump-action shotgun can do more damage than a semi-automatic firearm.
“We’re blaming the tool, not the fool,” Losie said. “If someone is going to do something stupid, they’re going to do it.”