Gun Sales Up In Eastern Carolina, Ammunition Low

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

Besides being the President of the United States, Barack Obama is also being dubbed by some the gun salesman of the year. That's because since elected, gun sales have skyrocketed nationwide including here in Eastern Carolina. WITN headed to one firearm store in Jamesville in Martin County where sales have jumped 70% since Obama took office.

Store managers say sales are good at Mackey's in Jamesville, which bills itself as one of the largest firearm shops in the world. Since President Barack Obama took office, store managers tell us their customers are buying everything they can, in fear gun laws could change.

Store manager Charles Hayes says "Like when it snows down here, everybody buys out the grocery store and it really doesn't make a lot of sense, same with guns. They thought their rights were going to be infringed and so they keep saying before my rights go away, I want to buy a handgun."

In the first three months of 2009, statistics show four million background checks were requested nationwide, that's up 27% from the same time period in 2008.

Beaufort County Sheriff's say over the past three months they've issued about 165 purchasing permits each month, an increase over previous months as well.

The only problem, getting in ammunition for those guns. Hayes says some things stores just can't get their hands on.

"We could probably sell 1,000 cases of 380 right now, if we had 1,000 cases."

Store managers told WITN, they've had customers from Florida and Texas, just to buy certain items that are completely out of stock in other parts of the country.


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  • by Angel on Jun 3, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    Wanda-----you are one of those people that sit back and complain about guns--but you want someone to protect you. Suppose someone broke into your house and threatened your family and you lived in the country, about 20 to 30 minutes for any police to help. What would you do, without a gun? DIE, thats what. If someone threatens my family in my home---guess what I am gonna live---the intruder will die. I use my guns for safety only, other than to hunt.
  • by CCW Location: Washington, NC on May 12, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    To further clarify a point, there is a huge responsibility that goes with ccw. It is not a decision to be made lightly. NC even has a statute that requires "a duty to flee", that is, to avoid the use of deadly force except as a last resort. The NC general assy. has been very specific as to when deadly force is justified. There are only a few instances when the duty to flee does not apply. The required training and testing to obtain a ccw permit is thorough and quite expensive. My point is that carrying a weapon is not something you should decide to do on a whim. It requires mental preparation and a commitment to yourself and those around you to act responsibly and to uphold the laws of the land. To the folks that are concerned about citizens legally carrying, you shouldn't be. You should instead keep a wary eye out for the criminal element that has no requard for you, your property or the lives of those you love.
  • by C on May 12, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    CCW: Once again you've shown me that you and I are cut from the same cloth. I also carry concealed [legally, of course, same as you]. I grit my teeth as the media portrays people like us as Rambo wannabes just itching for a chance to shoot someone. It's not about being a vigilante, it's about having the means to take responsibility for my and my family's safety. I'm very pro-law enforcement, but the old saying is true: "The police: minutes away when seconds count." I recognize that as an armed citizen, for me there's no such thing as "fighting words", and I'll go out of my way to avoid confrontations. I also know that many self-defense situations call for non-lethal response, so I also carry pepper spray. I know that my carrying a gun is no guarantee of safety, but it gives me a fighting chance..which beats no chance at all. BTW, I read Grossman's book; good stuff. I highly recommend American Handgunner magazine; the articles from C. Smith and M. Ayoob alone are worth it. Take Care, C
  • by CCW Location: Washington, NC on May 11, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    Don't be too hard on Wanda. She can't help the way she feels about guns. There are millions in this country that feel the same way. I think Lt. Col. Dave Grossman put it best in his essay on Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. Most people are sheep, minding their own business, not bothering anybody and hoping the day never comes when they alone have to make a stand. I am not putting anyone down when I say this. That's just the way some folks are. There are others(Wolves)among us that prey on these individuals at will because they know an easy mark when they see one. They are long gone when the cops get to the scene and have to deal with the aftermath. That is where I come in. I am a Sheepdog. I have determined that I will not be a victim. I do not walk around with a chip on my shoulder looking for a fight, however, if the wolf decides to try me, he should prepare himself for a hard kill. I will not go easy or alone. My family means too much to me for me to just stand by and do nothing.
  • by C on May 10, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Cactus: As usual, I find myself agreeing with you. It's just that folks like Wanda don't seem to think these things through, and it tends to get a bit frustrating. But yes, there are people who seem to believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them..OR, they think that if something should happen, someone else will be there to handle it for them. Anyway, thanks for the reality check on the liberal mind-set ! Regards, C P.S. To Charles: You're my kinda guy !
  • by Charles Location: New Bern on May 9, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    Most of you seem to not know that your second ammendment rights are not for self protection but to protect you from a bad government. The shortages of firearms and bullets should be a real concern for the politicians that ignore the voice of the people. I feel as though the people have turned our country over to self rightous, self centered elitest with total disregard for the freedoms so many have fought and die to preserve. The politicians love you people who are short sighted and ignore the obvious. When will we take our country back from hollywood, the media and politicians. America deserves better.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 8, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    The Viet Cong held the US army to a stand still with only small weapons and no air support, the Teliban(?) is doing the same in Afgan. So Alpha I will keep my .22, .380, 357 mag, etc. C, Wanda lives in a huggie-huggie world, you only have to talk to the intruder and he/she will leave, with every thing you own and maybe your life. Wanda we all wish we lived in this type of utopia. C, don't be too hard on Wanda, she really belives her comment, and that is OK.
  • by C on May 8, 2009 at 02:20 AM
    Wanda: No response ? Your silence is deafening....
  • by DT Location: KINSTON on May 6, 2009 at 03:28 AM
    Here's a novel idea, lets start enforcing the gun laws we have now.
  • by C on May 5, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    Wanda: A nice thought, but totally unrealistic. If guns were banned, do you honestly think that the criminals would say, "Gee, we'd better turn in our guns..it's not legal to possess them anymore" ? WAKE UP. Laws only affect honest people. If the decent citizens have their guns confiscated, and the criminals keep their guns..exactly HOW do you propose the law-abiding folks will defend themselves against home invasions, rapists, etc. ? Please respond; I can't wait to get your thoughts on this.
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