Gun Dealers In Oklahoma Struggle To Keep Up With Demand On Guns, Ammo

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 7:26 pm
By: News 9

Deanne Stein, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Guns and ammunition are flying off store shelves in Oklahoma.

Gun dealers say they've never seen anything like it as they try and keep up with the demand of people looking to own guns, some of them for the first time.

Miles Hall with H&H Gun Range in Oklahoma City says guns are being sold faster than his staff can keep them in stock, with hundreds of people on a waiting list.

"It's off the charts, the number of people coming in," said Hall. "Normally, an average store will see a couple of hundred in a day, you're seeing several thousand a day."

Hall says he's had a record number of customers over the past month, which began after the Sandy Hook tragedy and gained even more momentum following President Obama's call on more gun control.

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Despite the overwhelming crowds, Hall says he is still able to get his product.

"All the ammunition and gun manufacturers are all working virtually 24 hours a day around the clock seven days a week in order to help try and fill the big void in product line."

Products people like March Young said at one time she never wanted, but has since changed her mind.

"My biggest fear is self-defense and how to protect my kids," said Young.

And she's not alone. She says seeing the empty shelves at the gun store she believes, says it all.

"It tells me that people are starting to think now," she said. "You got to start protecting your home, your kids and yourself. Times are getting worse."

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Hall says despite the demand, his costs haven't gone up, but some dealers, he said, have raised their prices.