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Lawrence gun sales climb after Connecticut school shooting

The display case at Walmart, 3300 Iowa St., shows shortages of numerous kinds of gun ammo, including .223 caliber rounds, the same kind used in the recent school shooting.

The display case at Walmart, 3300 Iowa St., shows shortages of numerous kinds of gun ammo, including .223 caliber rounds, the same kind used in the recent school shooting.

December 20, 2012

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Amid calls for tighter laws on the sale of guns in the wake of last week's school killings in Connecticut, local gun stores are having trouble keeping firearms and ammunition in stock.

“Oh yeah, I’m selling them left and right,” said Dustin Pope, assistant manager for Jayhawk Pawn and Jewelry, 1804 West Sixth St.. “It’s the AR-15 style mostly. But we are looking to be out of everything.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Walmart at 3300 Iowa St. was out of stock of several kinds of ammunition, including .223 caliber rounds, the same kind used in last week's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The Walmart at 550 Congressional Drive experienced similar shortages, according to its website.

Pope said he has never seen guns sell so fast and that customers were buying mostly assault rifle-style weapons because of fears of increased gun regulations.

“Everyone is worried about assault rifles right now, but after that everyone’s going to go for the high-cap hand guns – everything that holds more than 10 rounds,” he said.

On Wednesday, President Obama called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons as well as high capacity ammunition clips.

The gun sale spike is not just a local phenomenon. The Associated Press reports that numerous states, including Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Illinois, have experienced a huge surge in gun sales or requests for background checks because of new gun sales in recent days.

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Liberal 1 year, 3 months ago

It is funny to me that the left screams "Gun Control" every time there is some kind of shooting but when the Christian right says stop gratuitous violence in film they scream "FREE SPEECH"

So if they are making money, it is OK to actually PROMOTE violence but individuals who promote self defense, from the wacko's they are creating with their first person shooter games and excessively violent films are out of their mind.

Hilarious.

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nomansland 1 year, 3 months ago

Judging by this article it seems like Lawrence has been invaded by lots of rednecks since I moved away. What a shame. I don't own a gun and really don't have any interest in them. You people realize this latest school massacre was allowed to happen because the boys Mom was a gun nut? Just saying....

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Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 3 months ago

The US possesses more than half of the worlds hand/assault guns.

Wow. Sure makes us safe, doesn't it. Lets buy more.

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lunacydetector 1 year, 3 months ago

people fear obama will be our first dictator.

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Armored_One 1 year, 3 months ago

So why has biometrics for firearms been developed and been left moldering on a proverbial shelf for the last 20+ years? It was proven to work 99% of the time, and engaged to activate the firearm, for lack of a better descriptive, 100% of the time.

No fumbling for a key in teh dark to disengage a trigger lock and the firearm will only function while the biometrics are engaged properly, which means no one else could use said weapon. One for each parent, thus eliminating the argument that if only one person can use it, it becomes useless if that person is gone.

There are intelligent solutions. I'd ask why no one is willing to consider them, but it would be a waste of energy.

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thuja 1 year, 3 months ago

If everyone is armed, then who are we defending ourselves from?

You start arming teachers and right there I say we have one sick society.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 3 months ago

I only own 4 rifles, all of which are "old", most notably my 1962 Winchester Model 70 .280 Remington with an old Zeiss scope on it. Don't need no gun of the hand and UP a bunch of semi-automatic rifles for deer hunting. If you can't acquire yourself a decent rifle, sight it in with a good scope and mounts and then use it to tip a deer over at reasonable range with a single shot, then just go home and play video games. You are undeserving of the hunt.

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labmonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

Kifer...

Countries with the strictest gun control are the highest crime countries according to most studies. GB's and Australia's crime rates have skyrocketed since they banned guns, and Luxemburg has one of the highest murder rates in the western world. On the flip side, gun ownership has skyrocketed in the US over the last 20 years and violent crime has gone down. But keep drinking the kool-aide.

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Pal 1 year, 3 months ago

KiferGhost and observant make the point that Democrats/Liberals hate the NRA/Police.

Ghost...after Democrats "nuked" Japan killing 100's of thousands of innocent women and children, every other country of notice fell into place behind Democrats iron fist.

oh, and Marion Morrison was a self-described socialist.

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KiferGhost 1 year, 3 months ago

Kind of hard to believe in the countries of Europe, Australia, Japan, and others that with extreme gun control their governments haven't subjected them to all the things our nuts in this country fear. America is unique and the laugh stock of the world as we live in fear of things we deal out on the rest of the world and yet they manage. We are pathetic scared rabbits and need to have our big gun to look like Johnny Wayne (aka draft dodger).

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 3 months ago

NRA says armed guards at all the schools. Why not skip that and just arm all the students which apparently has already started happening!!!

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Peacemaker452 1 year, 3 months ago

BTW, that photo is the Wal-Mart on Iowa. Their ammo shelves almost always look like that. They never have much in stock.

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otto 1 year, 3 months ago

Wonder what caliber Cain used to kill Abel? Maybe we should ban rocks and sticks. Hot Sale today, Get your sticks!

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

It seems the hard-core leftist anti-gunners would just rather eliminate gun ownership altogether, allowing only crazies, thugs and murderers to have them (which you know they will) than to come up with viable solutions to protect FROM the crazies, thugs and murderers that will acquire a gun if they want one bad enough.

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beatrice 1 year, 3 months ago

You are far more likely to die by a firearm if you live in a home with a firearm than if you do not. http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/160/10/929.full

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tange 1 year, 3 months ago

/ considering the stimulus, it doesn't bode well...

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optimist 1 year, 3 months ago

A firearm is a tool that is used for pleasure, competition, hunting, self-defense and one of many symbols of the freedom that we as Americans value, at least most for most of us. It is only a weapon when used against another person.

Millions of people own and use firearms every day and do so responsibly. Most gun crimes are committed by those already breaking the law and often times with stolen and/or illegally possessed firearms. Firearms are used by Americans with some frequency to protect themselves from violence and most often without firing a single shot.

Recent relevant Supreme Court decisions relevant to the issue of firearms bans: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment02/

Something being left out of the discussion is the story of the shooting that took place in an Oregon mall just prior to the tragedy in Connecticut. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a single major media outlet reporting what happened there and why a man armed with a similar style firearm was only able to take the lives of two innocent citizens rather than the 26 the sicko in Connecticut was able to take from their families. The shooter in Oregon was confronted by an armed citizen carrying a concealed firearm. Here is the story from a local outlet in Oregon: http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html .

This isn’t an issue of firearms, ammunition, magazine capacity. This is an issue of evil people doing evil things. If the firearm is removed from our society as the “weapon” of choice by those eager to bring harm to others there will be another “weapon” to take its place. I present as evidence this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_attacks_in_China_(2010%E2%80%932011) . I generally avoid citing Wikipedia but it was the only source I could find that compiled so many of the incidents occurring over the last couple of years, in one place. These attacks have resulted in dozens of children killed by knives, hammers and other various “weapons”. This is a societal problem and most likely a mental health issue.

If we truly want to minimize these evil acts we need to figure out a way to help those with mental illness. If there is a balance to be struck it is not to deprive the vast majority of citizens of their constitutionally protected rights but rather to protect the rest of us from those that would do the rest of us harm.

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Armored_One 1 year, 3 months ago

Nuclear deterrence always calms everyone down.

I can't help but wonder what the people that collaborated together and created the Constitution would say about the Second Amendment compared to today's society.

Think about it. That addendum to the Constitution was written before cartridge rounds were invented, and most certainly before modern weaponry was built.

A group of men, erring on the side of caution on basically all topics covered in the Constitution as they ratified it. It shouldn't be a leap of logic that they would consider erring on the side of caution again.

I do, however, find it absolutely amusing to watch all of this hypocracy. The vast majority of people have absolutely no qualms with restricting the freedom of speech for the KKK and listing it as hate speech, which can be construed as illegal, or even attempting to restrict the rights of the Phelps'. But Lord Almighty, we just MUST adhere to the exact letter of the Constitution when it comes to the Second Amendment. I guess the First one is flexible enough for the Second one as well.

Oh, and by the by, thanks to legislation such as the Freedom of Information Act, as well as numerous ones passed in the last 20 years regarding information on the Internet, the plans for modifying an existing semi-automatic firearm, be it a rifle like the Bushmaster or a handgun like the Glock .40, into a fully automatic weapon will be around forever. Just thought I would add a little bit of comfort to everyone's life.

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James Kirk 1 year, 3 months ago

Here's something to think about. The second amendment guarantees the right to own firearms. Is there anything in the constitution that guarantees the right to own ammunition?

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Milton Bland 1 year, 3 months ago

Gun control has failed down under. They took away guns from law abiding folks, and now the criminals are having a grand time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFU1Cx...

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Karl_Hungus 1 year, 3 months ago

Why the mad dash on guns and bullets?

When there is a sex scandal, does everyone run to Cirilla's for lube and toys? When there is a listeria outbreak in cantaloupe, does everone run to Dillon's to buy cantaloupe?

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

Wait until a law abiding, legally armed (CCH) civilian takes out an active, armed mass murderer. Watch and see what the legal system, the ACLU and the crooked media do to that heroic individual.

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

Didn't take much to see that coming. If they did ban them the black market would boom,

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RoeDapple 1 year, 3 months ago

Funny. A neighbor of mine, (Democrat, of the Jewish faith, a 30 year practicing Psychologist) told me I am one of the most stable sane people he knows . . . He has purchased four guns since meeting me.

The other side of the coin . . . The analysis was free, not done at his office. Maybe since meeting me he feels the need to be armed!

Also just occurred to me . . . are most of the people he knows patients of his?

Ah, well, it's a good thing all you hot headed anti gun folks don't have 'em, there would be more shootings every day!

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neworleans 1 year, 3 months ago

A nation full of armed and dangerous mental patients.......................we live in.

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moliemolie 1 year, 3 months ago

It is so sad that people think this way. What a sad commentary on our society.

More guns are not the answer, they are the problem. More guns mean more deaths by gun.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/hicrc/firearms-research/guns-and-death/index.html

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Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

observant they live in Eudora, Tongie, Mclouth, and Oskaloosa and they have bigotry just like you do against Native peoples trying to protect a sacred site. Don't be a hypocrite.

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Liberty275 1 year, 3 months ago

I doubt the house will allow any more restrictions to be placed on firearms. I also expect the minority in the senate will filibuster. Obama can call for whatever he wants, but he isn't king.

At most, laws concerning background checks might be tweaked and trigger locks might be made mandatory accessories.

It seems like everything is becoming kneejerk reactions to one thing or another, and that never serves us well.

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observant 1 year, 3 months ago

Further proof that Lawrence also has a lot of racist right wing gun nuts. Bet they all also listen only to Fox News and AM radio

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 3 months ago

Is there an OK Corral where we can send all these idiots to exercise their maladaptive tendencies on each other, and leave the rest of us alone?

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labmonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

Roe... don't forget Ms. Feinstein. She helped raise sales with her saber rattling. Out of curiosity... are there any actual gun stores left in Lawrence?

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Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

when people hide their racial fears in buying these kinds of guns their ignorance speaks volumes. I've lived in the south and rural areas having had a shotgun or rifle for 34 of my 42 years on this earth. I passed hunter's safety in 1981 and I'm a Democrat. Anyone who needs a capacity clip for animal hunting shouldn't own a gun.

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Pal 1 year, 3 months ago

Obama is an inspiration to us all. He brings the best out in Americans. Like a laser beam he has focused Americans attention on issues that really matter.

No free phone for me. I'm getting a semi-automatic assault rifle to put in my gas guzzling 4-wheel drive diesel sucking truck. I may even hang it in the rear view window.

Thanks Obama. You are the greatest transforming president since Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 3 months ago

The Nobel Peace Prize recipient should be receiving recognition as "Top Salesman of Sporting Rifles of 2012".

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