Local Gun Sales Up

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January 3, 2006
It could be you, the next victim of an armed robbery or home invasion. The thought of it is scary. And sportsman shops in our area say they have had their largest sales within recent years. You may be surprised who’s buying them.

For 60 years, Bob Harllee has been around guns. He has a gun permit and is not afraid to use his gun for protection.

“There’s an old saying that’s so true, I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6,” Harllee said.

And with the rash of armed robberies and home invasions lately, folks have been turning to places like American Sportsman to find the right piece.

“People are now concerned more for their personal defense reasons or home protection,” said Mike Benoit, American Sportsman.

American Sportsman says this has been their biggest yet in handgun sales in 12 years and they say many of those handguns are going to women.

“I would say in the last five years considerably increase more in the number of women that come in asking for firearms,” Benoit said.

Mary Jones operates a business next door. She’s thought about purchasing a gun.

“With all the robberies going on lately you just don’t know,” Jones said.

American Sportsman’s Mike Benoit says women should stay away from guns like the glock or any gun where you have to rack the slide unless you are an experienced shooter. Instead, he recommends a small gun like the .38 caliber. In fact, the shop is all sold out.

“All you got is a five shot revolver open it up, load it, close it and everything else is ready to go,” Benoit said.

“You never know who’s going to walk in my store and say give me the money and I’m going to give them the money, but it would be nice to have a little extra protection for sure,” Jones said.

In case you are thinking about purchasing a gun, here’s something you need to know. In South Carolina and Georgia, you don’t need a permit to own a gun, only to carry it as a concealed weapon.