Gun store owners on the island say gun sales shoot up after elections

Published  5:37 PM HST Nov 17, 2012
Guns
HONOLULU -

It's a controversial yet constitutional right, the right to bear arms.

Gun store owners on the island said they have seen a major increase of people trying to buy guns. At the X-Ring Security and Firearms store rifles are flying off the shelves.

Brian Takaba said sales have doubled with four times more customers searching for guns.

"There's been a definite increase right after the election," said Takaba.

He said it is because many gun owners think President Barack Obama will ban guns especially assault rifles.

"I think everyone is just afraid of losing the second amendment right try to get it before you can't," said Takaba.

A gun owner we spoke to said his friends feel the jam.

"Those trying to get into the sport and make it a hobby are having trouble acquiring the stuff they want because of the high demand," said gun owner Nathan Lacno.

Takaba said everything is back ordered with gun store owners panicking trying to get inventory.

"The wholesalers have raised their prices up and availability is getting really really hard to get all the stores are starting to raise their prices," said Takaba.

Customers for now he says are limited to whatever is in their store.

"I'm sure if he didn't win the election this wouldn't have happened," reflected Takaba. 

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