Local gun dealers are seeing a spike in sales, which they say could be because of First Friday and the mass shooting in Colorado. (WRDW-TV / July 26, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, July 26, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Aurora, Colo., shooting continues to cause concern across the country. That concern, according to gun dealers, is starting to trickle closer to home.
"[We're seeing] a lot more interest than sales, however, the sales have risen," said Steven Fishman, president of Sidney's Department Store.
Fishman sells guns, among other things, and he says it isn't just the Colorado shooting that's driven people to his store.
"I personally think that the First Friday issue was bigger for spikes in sales here than the Colorado issue," he explained.
Either way, instances like these have more implication than just a rise in sales. He sold two guns to a man just before News 12 walked in his door. The buyer told him he doesn't know if he's going to be able to buy guns again.
Fishman says highly-publicized crimes put the government under scrutiny, and when the government goes under scrutiny, people start buying guns out of fear, not of criminals, but of the government.
"People are coming in and purchasing because they don't want any new restrictions on how they purchase," Fishman said.
Restrictions that he and gun supporters say would only cause more problems for law-abiding people trying to protect themselves.
"You cannot legislate criminal activity. Criminals, by their very definition, break laws," he said.