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November 27, 2012

Area shop owners: Gun sales up

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She, too, said that non-hunting semi-automatics are especially hot items.

“This time of year, you’re selling deer rifles, of course, but there is a spike on the AR-15-type guns, the assault weapons, as they call them,” she said.

Mike Mayhood of Mayhood’s Sporting Goods in Norwich said his sales have been rising, too.

“Nationwide, I’m sure it’s better than that, but we’re in an area where there’s already a lot of gun ownership, so it’s harder to get bigger numbers,” he said. “It’s an area where a lot of people already have guns.”

The gun shop owners interviewed said ammunition is selling at least as fast as firearms.

“Ammo sales are highly up,” Losie said. “It’s about … 25 to 30 percent (at his shop), but nationwide, it’s about 42 to 48 percent.”

“Oh yes,” Fitzpatrick said when asked whether ammunition sales were spiking.

Hunting season, which runs through Dec. 9 in most of the state for all but muzzle-loading guns, accounts for part of that increase, she said, “but you also have people who are just stockpiling.”

Mayhood, though, said he hadn’t seen much of an increase in ammo sales.

“That’s been busy for a couple of years, but I wouldn’t say it’s an increase,” he said.

Fitzgerald said she doesn’t think stockpiling is going too far.

“It doesn’t go bad,” she said of ammunition. “I don’t think you can have too much — not that I’m a doomsday prepper or anything of that sort.”

Losie thought the overall buildup was justified.

“Why not?” he asked. “People are just preparing themselves for the worst.”

Asked if he expected the federal government to attempt to limit ownership rights, he replied, “I’m sure they’re going to.”

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