Sales, permit applications both jump locally in response to shootings


A salesman shows a gun buyer a Smith & Wesson Model M&P15-22 rifle Wednesday at Elmore's Firearms in Greenwood. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

A corrections officer fingerprints a man seeking a hand gun permit Monday at the Johnson County Sheriffs Office in Franklin. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Five days after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a local gun store had its busiest day ever.

Elmore’s Firearms in Greenwood has about a quarter of the guns that it normally stocks, and sales have increased by 200 percent as buyers worry about restrictions lawmakers could soon place on the guns they buy, store owner Russ Elmore said.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on Dec. 14, local police and gun store owners have heard from residents worried state and federal lawmakers who want to cut down on gun violence will stop allowing lifetime gun permits, which allow them to carry a firearm outside their homes without having to renew it every four years, and will make it harder to buy guns capable of holding a large magazine.

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