Gun store owners report jump in sales in wake of recent shootings

POSTED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:54am

The rush at Portland area gun stores started after the shooting at Clackamas Town Center, but erupted hours after the massacre in Connecticut.

"We had the busiest day we've ever had in over 20 years the day of the shooting, and it looks like Saturday will be even bigger," said Karl Durkheimer who owns Northwest Armory in Milwaukie.

Local gun stores are so busy, state background checks that usually take 15 minutes, now have customers waiting four hours.

Even so, gun buyers like Brett Eyman are more than willing to wait. He's buying a semi-automatic rifle because he believes his right to buy one may soon be going away.

"I believe its coming to an end in the next year," said Eyman.

"The guns in our community have nothing to do with hunting and they have to do with killing people and we have to get real about that," said State Senator Ginny Burdick.

Burdick is a long-time gun control advocate and believes more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. She's also introduced a bill limiting gun magazines to ten bullets.

"If you limit the size of magazines, you limit the number of shots someone can get off rapidly before changing clips," said Burdick.

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