Businesses struggle to keep up as gun sales skyrocket

Posted at: 01/25/2013 9:37 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2013 10:19 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Assault rifles have become hot ticket items as gun control talks amp up.

“It’s tremendous, the increase in sales that we’ve had, we’ve increased ammo sales, AR-15s, you name it,” Larry’s Gun Shop representative Ron Abernathy said.

Stores statewide are struggling to keep up with the rush. Even ammunition has been hard to come by as gun owners stockpile supplies.

“There’s a lot of people that are scared [they won’t be able to buy, following new gun control regulations], and that’s a lot of the reason for ammo being scarce and hard to find,” Abernathy said.

Larry’s Gun Shop in Roswell saw it coming, and as soon as sales started booming, they bought in bulk, making sure they could serve customers. Now, folks from out of town are calling in for what they can’t find at home.

“We have people calling us from around the state asking if we have certain things in stock,” Abernathy said. “So we try our hardest to fill needs in those situations.”

The increase in sales of all kinds of guns and ammunition has an annual gun show preparing for double its usual crowd. They expect to be able to fill many types of needs.

"We have vendors from all over the state so its like bringing 30 or 40 vendors into one place and a lot of them haven't been to a gun show yet since the gun control talk so there's plenty of them that do have a lot of stock,” organizer Kim Sansom said.

The gun show is in Carlsbad at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts and Exhibition Center. It will from from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.