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Gun sales on the rise due to fear


The busiest shopping day of the year came a week early for gun buyers.

It was a packed house at the Civic Center for Savannah's gun show Saturday. Gun sales are soaring in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election. Some people fear their second amendment rights are in jeopardy.

"People are stocking up," said North Georgia Loading and Accessories Paul Chapman. "They are afraid of things to come and sales are up 50-60 percent since the election."

"There are fears gun controls are going to get even more stringent," said Martin Sauls.

There are also fears for safety. With the city of Savannah announcing their fight on crime last week in light of the recent shootings, some people are finding their own ways to protect themselves.

"They are just scared," said Chapman. "They have no protection at home. Many times a ball bat isn't going to work for you, there are a lot of first time gun purchasers out there."

It's not just in Savannah where crime seems to be rising, it's nationwide.

"I have people in alarm company business," said Chapman. "People are getting their doors kicked in at home. They are getting held up at their business's. There is a lot of rises in crime. A lot of home burglary's."

"Over in South Carolina we've had alot of homicides this year and it certainly seems to me people are considering getting a gun," said Martin. "We just had one in Bluffton, so it's certainly a good way to protect ones home."

The FBI's number of background checks for firearms shot up 18 percent last month. A number that's considered a leading indicator for future gun sales.

The Savannah gun show is being held at the Savannah Civic Center. It runs through Sunday and the cost is $8 at the door.

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