Gun store owner: Ammo sold out after "panic"

Published: Jan. 17, 2013 at 3:53 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2013 at 4:19 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The gun control debate has been explosive for local gun shops. Business is booming. Store owners say it is just one of the unintended consequences of the fiery debate.

"People are buying everything they can buy," said store manager David Hancock.

We found a packed parking lot at Bob's Sport Shop along Hull Street.

"People are panicked right now," said Hancock. "They are afraid of what the government is trying to do."

President Obama is calling for an assault weapons ban in response to the mass shooting of young students in Newtown Connecticut.

"This was unnecessary," said Hancock. "You now have 10 times the number of guns on the street that would be normally sold in this time period."

Manager at Bob's Sport Shop have now posted a long list of ammo that is currently out of stock. That includes ammo for assault rifles that shoot up to 30 rounds.

"If these guns are going to people who have background checks," said gun control advocate Andy Goddard. "I don't care if they are buying them all up."

Goddard's son Colin was shot in the Virginia Tech massacre. Colin survived, and the family has since taken up a fierce national fight for gun control. This fight is personal.

"Hugely personal," said Goddard. "I have never heard anything like it. This morning I didn't know whether to stand up, sing or run around the block."

Goddard is especially encouraged by the president's executive orders on new funding for mental health.

"It's way beyond time," said Goddard.

People on both sides of the debate say there are some things they support. The president's call for more resource officers in schools seems have broad appeal.

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