Gun Sales Shooting Sky High

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, September 06 2007 Sep 6, 2007 Thursday, September 06, 2007 11:52:37 PM CDT September 06, 2007 in News
Since then, the St. Louis area has reported an increase in its gun sales of at least 20 percent. Target Master, a gun shop in Columbia, has seen an increase in gun sales with the new law. The manager says he's receiving more phone calls with questions about the law. With the new law, buyers no longer have to go the county sheriff's department to get a permit before buying a handgun.

"It's a quicker process," said Target Master Owner Bary McKenzie. "You can get your gun on the day you apply, and walk out with the gun if you're approved on that same day."

Not only do consumers no longer have to go through the process of getting a permit, they're also free of the $10 fee that went along with it.

"A lot of people are asking 'Is it true?,' that they don't have to go to the local sheriff's office to get a permit anymore, and we of course confirm that it is," McKenzie said.

Supporters of the gun law like that they only have to deal with the federal government in order to purchase a handgun.

"I always felt, prior to the change in the law, that I would have to go to the sheriff and literally ask for his permission for me to purchase a firearm," said Patrick VanKirk.

Some consumers who knew the law was about to pass had guns put on layaway. This way they could come back the day the law went into effect and purchase a gun more easily.

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