(TX) Gun Sales Rise with War


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April 3, 2003, 04:56 AM
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03/31/03 - East Texas
East Texas Gun Sales Rise with War



by Alex Carias

The outbreak of war has brought an increase of security here at home. Some people are arming themselves for security and sales are picking up at some local gun stores.

Gun shop owners in East Texas say the war in Iraq has some people concerned about the possibility of more terrorism here at home, concerned enough that they're arming themselves.

"I've heard several people come in and say, 'I want to be prepared in case we have a terrorist attack in Lufkin.' which to me, I don't think we will, but you never know," said gun shop owner Bill Pate.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says there's been a recent jump in the number of people wanting information about concealed handgun permits. With final tallies for March still incomplete, DPS officials already have stamped an average of more than 6,000 information packets in the first three months of this year.

Most gun buyers are buying small arms like the Glock 19, but there are some guns that dealers are having a hard time keeping on the shelf like semi-automatic weapons, which are being backordered to keep up with demand. Also, since the war erupted gun shops are having difficulty stocking certain type of ammunition.

"It's just hard to get. I don't know what they're using in Iraq, but the weapons are probably 76239," added Pate.

Pate says their sales are not as brisk as larger cities such as Dallas or Houston. But with the fear of uncertainty looming, some East Texans who don't already have a gun are taking the step to arm themselves.

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DMK
April 3, 2003, 09:21 AM
Yea, good idea. I should get another one too. You know, just in case. ;)

El Tejon
April 3, 2003, 12:18 PM
Just how many East Texicanos don't have a gun already?:confused:

TheEgg
April 3, 2003, 12:31 PM
Any excuse to get another one!

Bubba: "I hear that that Al Queda bunch is targeting the Dairy Queen over in Fruitvale."

Cooter: "Yeah, you know they would really like to take a place like that out!"

Bubba: "I think I need to get me a AR-15. You know, just in case."

Cooter: "Don't you already have 3?"

Bubba: "Yeah, but if they is gonna take out the DQ, I might need one with the 16" barrel, you know, for close combat -- that DQ is pretty small. All my other AR-15's got those 20" barrels."

Cooter: "Good thinkin, Bubba."

sm
April 3, 2003, 12:34 PM
Preaching to the Choir perhaps. Gun Sales and CCW interest seems to continue to increase all accross the country.

Just another Thread to get the lurkers to think...what we here know...its personal responsibility...can't depend on The Gov't.

TarpleyG
April 3, 2003, 01:08 PM
Any region that sports a city with the name Gun Barrel City probably already has enough guns. :D

GT

bountyhunter
April 3, 2003, 01:46 PM
SAame thing happened after 9/11. The two local ranges were flooded with people who just bought Berettas (like they see on TV) trying to figure out how to shoot them. For a while, it was standing room only at the ranges on weekends.

MMcCall
April 3, 2003, 03:11 PM
Like Texans need an excuse to buy guns, God bless 'em.

blades67
April 3, 2003, 06:05 PM
Most gun buyers are buying small arms like the Glock 19, but there are some guns that dealers are having a hard time keeping on the shelf like semi-automatic weapons, which are being backordered to keep up with demand.

So, the Glock 19 is now a revolver?:rolleyes: Reports get dumber by the day.:barf:

Standing Wolf
April 3, 2003, 08:49 PM
That's as good an excuse as any.

rock jock
April 3, 2003, 08:58 PM
I've been doing my part......for the past five years, that is. :D

WilderBill
April 3, 2003, 09:05 PM
Ya can't have too many!:D

WilderBill
April 3, 2003, 09:15 PM
Oh, in case any of you were wondering, Gun Barrel City is south of Dallas...and north of Cut And Shoot, east of West. :D
Clear enough?:p

TexasVet
April 4, 2003, 12:53 AM
Hey, I only bought FOUR last month, someone else must be bumping the totals up. I'm just average around here!:D :D

sm
April 4, 2003, 01:04 AM
Stones throw from I 175?...people were carrying and putting gun racks to use... great BBQ IIRC ...been awhile, rental car was '82 vintage...Cedar Creek Resevior...

Blackhawk
April 4, 2003, 01:16 AM
In a couple of months, they're going to rise with the temperature.

They they'll get back to normal -- rising with the sun.... :D

12.7x99mm
April 4, 2003, 01:31 AM
it was a good week ware I live. Guys at the stores were happy. Its all a good thing

:)

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