Lawmakers have concerned Harrison County citizens on edge about the future of firearms.
Connecticut, Colorado and the 2008 election are among some of the factors that have sparked interest in gun and ammunition purchasing in Harrison County.
However, still worried about being able to keep up with demand, some places are benefiting greatly from the increased interest in stocking-up with nearly impossible-to-find boxes of ammunition and guns.
“I have people from different counties walk through the door everyday looking for ammo,” said Dryden’s Sporting Goods Store owner Anthony Dryden. “It’s like the domino effect. One person panicked and now everyone has about shortage and new gun control. I have seen panic before, but never like this.”
Fellow gun store operator Brian Bell, owner of Bell’s Sporting Goods, has also seen an increase in both gun sales and ammunition.
“Gun and ammo companies are way behind and can’t keep up with the demand,” said Billy Bell, father of Brian. “Politicians have caused our business numbers to go through the roof. It’s sad that people being killed has helped our business, but people are so worried right now about the future that they are buying all they can before it is taken away.”
In separate interviews, both Dryden and Bell said that while ammunition sales are good now, there is concern for the future of sales.
“I am having to keep some ammo back for sales down the road because I can’t get anymore,” said Dryden. “Sales are great now, but what about three months from now when the demand is the same and the supply is even less.”
As for future gun control and bans on assault weapons, both Dryden and Bell do not agree with lawmakers.
“What is an assault weapon?,” asked Bell. “People think that just because it holds more bullets that it is more lethal. A young kid’s rifle is an assault weapon too. It can be used for the same thing in the wrong hands.’
Bell further explained that he is not against “more in depth” background checks to sift through buyers.
“If it makes buying a gun safer then I am all for it,” said Bell. “But I will never be for anything that takes away the very rights that this country was founded upon.”
Closely related to the increase in gun and ammunition sales is the number of people signing up to receive their carry and conceal license.
Former Cynthiana Policeman and carry and conceal instructor Charles Northcutt said that the number of people taking classes to carry are more now than ever.
“Last year I had 99 people take the class to be able to carry a concealed deadly weapon,” said Northcutt. “I am already on tract to have more than that this year.”
Northcutt also believes that the spike in the number of gun, ammo sales and classes being taken is due to the unforeseen future.
“People are scared right now of the unknown,” explained Northcutt. “All I can do is give my services to those who want to be able to carry safely and correctly.”
Several instructors, like Northcutt, are holding classes on Saturdays where students are taught the fundamentals of firearm safety and legality behind carrying a weapon.
“We cover everything about the gun and the best ways to carry it,” said Northcutt. “We also teach the rules of carrying and when and how to use deadly force and ensure the safety of others around.”
Northcutt explained that everyone should be ready during any situation that presents danger.
“Law enforcement cannot be everywhere,” said Northcutt. “A lot can happen in a short time and we have to be ready to defend ourselves when the time comes.”
For more information about carry and conceal classes, contact Northcutt at 234-3940.