The owner of a gun shop in Vermont says his shop is busier than ever before as the governor prepares to sign new laws which ban bump stocks and limit magazine size. Henry Parro owns Parro's Gun Shop in Waterbury, Vermont and he says the upcoming bans have fueled business at this shop, especially for high-capacity magazines.
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"Fear is the biggest factor. Right now, people are afraid of what they can and can't own– the high-capacity magazines. Up until the government is saying we don't want you to have high-capacity magazines, we didn't sell that many of them and now we can't keep them in stock," Parro said.
The upcoming ban is bringing more customers than ever to Parro's shop and they are purchasing the items to be banned. Does that show that people believe that a ban on firearms is the solution to the problem? Does anyone actually believe banning things like bump stocks and high-capacity magazines will actually stop a shooting? The people flooding into gun stores to by these things is more indicative that they believe the ban is an overreach and they don't want the bad guys to have an advantage over them in the future.
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One customer named Peter Goodell said, "I'm purchasing those magazines so that I can make my guns functional for probably the rest of my life. I don't think the capacity of the magazine has anything at all to do with the safety of all the weapons." Parro said, "Right now, people who are sitting on the fence thinking about a purchase, they've decided to do it before the governor signs the bill just so there won't be any impact on it."
In terms of business, Parry says the sudden surge is probably going to mean a slow summer is ahead. "Everyone who has purchased a firearm will probably not purchase anymore this summer, making it a very long, very low in business summer," he said. "Traditionally what happens when you get your foot in the door with gun control, next year, they're going to say, well, we've done this, let's do more."
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