Portland-area gun stores seeing record sales

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by Wayne Havrelly

NWCN.com

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

PORTLAND -- The rush at Portland area gun stores started after the shooting at Clackamas Town Center, but erupted hours after the massacre in Connecticut.  

"We had the busiest day we've ever had in over 20 years the day of the shooting, and it looks like Saturday will be even bigger," said Karl Durkheimer who owns Northwest Armory in Milwaukie.

Local gun stores are so busy, state background checks that usually take 15 minutes, now have customers waiting four hours.

Even so, gun buyers like Brett Eyman are more than willing to wait. He's buying a semi-automatic rifle because he believes his right to buy one may soon be going away.

"I believe its coming to an end in the next year," said Eyman.

"The guns in our community have nothing to do with hunting and they have to do with killing people and we have to get real about that," said State Senator Ginny Burdick. 

Burdick is a long-time gun control advocate and believes more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. She's also introduced a bill limiting gun magazines to ten bullets.  

"If you limit the size of magazines, you limit the number of shots someone can get off rapidly before changing clips," said Burdick.

President Clinton passed a similar federal law limiting bullets in 1994, but it expired 10 years later.

The shootings in Clackamas and Connecticut have people on both sides of the gun control debate fired up. 

"Obviously this rush has to do with what happened in the mall and the school. People have fear that the weapons they want will soon be more difficult to acquire," said gun owner Ray Hettwer.

"I think you're going to see people, including gun owners, get engaged to end this madness," said Sen. Burdick. 

In the meantime, it appears guns and ammo of all kinds will be flying off the shelves.
 

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