A Run on Guns – Sales of AR-15 s Soar

At the GunRunners Gun Show outside Atlanta, the line stretches out the door and around the corner. Dozens of people are waiting, ready to fork over big bucks for everything from pistols to high capacity magazines.

Here, the hottest seller isn’t a shotgun, handgun, or even a pair of Angie Whitaker’s .22-caliber bullet casing earrings. It’s the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

“We probably brought maybe 100 AR-15s with us,” said vendor George Mazzant, from On the Square Gun & Pawn. “I’d like to sell half of them, and, I’m sure we will. We’ve been doing that well every weekend.”

Mazzant is running a special, selling Stag Arms AR-15 rifles for $999. It’s an offer that’s too good for show attendee Ken Farrell to pass up.

“I always wanted one,” said Farrell. “I’m getting it now just in case I can’t later. Since the rumors of the bans, the prices have skyrocketed.”

“When you tell the American public that they’re not going to have something, they want it,” said Mazzant.

“It’s a question of cosmetics. It’s not a question of functioning,” said Steve Sanetti, president of the National Sports Shooting Foundation. “The rifles are sane, safe, reliable types of firearms used by millions of citizens for lawful purposes. They are not just killing machines.”

Read the full article by Meghan Lisson at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/run-guns-ar-15-sales-172644423.html

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