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Business Booms for Gun Retailers in the Northland

Posted at: 01/16/2013 9:47 PM
Updated at: 01/16/2013 10:13 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Gun retailers in the Northland are seeing increased sales and low stock on their shelves as gun legislation takes center stage across the nation.

Business is booming at Superior Shooters Supply on Winter Street. Sales Associate Mendy Racine said it's been steady for some time, thanks to the sporting culture in the Northland.

"There's a lot of sporting industry here," said Racine. "Trap shooting, skeet shooting, other than hunting."

But in the wake of Newtown and other school shootings, ammunition is flying off the shelf and their sales have sky-rocketed.

"We've had some increase ... and I won't try to sugar coat it, people panic buy," said Racine.

Recent shootings paired with possible legislation down the road have customers fearing what future supplies may look like. At Glen's Army Navy in Grand Rapids, owner Rusty Eichorn described a similar scene. They have sold out of assault-style firearms and are limiting purchases on ammunition because of low stock.

Racine said people aren't only buying, they are also doing quite a bit of talking.

"There's been a lot of negativity concerning the administration. It's not firearm friendly and there's criticism," said Racine.