Gun control debate sparks sales of assault style weapons

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) — In light of the recent call for stricter gun control laws, gun sales are skyrocketing. WNCN spoke to a gun shop owner in Fuquay-Varina Monday.

This is already a popular time of the year for gun sales, but the owner of Sovereign Guns tells WNCN folks aren’t just buying Christmas presents. It’s part of a trend that’s been going on for years. When the gun debate heats up, sales go up.

Kiran Frampton described to us one of his most popular items: an assault-style semi-automatic rifle, made in Apex. It’s the kind of gun at the center of America’s latest debate, and the kind that’s been flying off shelves.

“Getting a lot of people worried about the future of firearms and future legislation and wanting to be ready,” said Frampton.

Frampton, originally from England, has been selling guns for nine years. He says within the past week his sales have more than doubled.

Nationally, background checks for firearm purchases have been steadily increasing since 2000. It’s a sign of more legal gun purchases. And even more purchases are expected after president Obama’s call to action.

“Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terror suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino,” said President Obama in his address to the nation Sunday night.

Local gun control advocates applaud the president’s response. The group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in a statement:

“We thank President Obama for saying what Americans have been demanding — it’s time for Congress to close the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.  In the wake of the tragedy in San Bernardino, we must close the Terror Gap that allows suspected terrorists — the same people we won’t allow to board a plane — to buy guns.”

Meanwhile gun rights activists are skeptical that banning assault-style weapons will prevent future attacks.

“I don’t see that banning any one type of weapon is really going to make any difference,” said Frampton.

Frampton also pointed out that the very popular AR-15 rifle is made in America, and a ban on assault-style weapons would impact U.S. manufacturers and could lead to a loss of jobs.

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