Business has never been better for Jon Lipscomb, owner of Foxhole Guns & Archery. He isn’t too pleased about it.
“It’s kind of sad that this is what it takes to boost business,” he said Saturday from his store at 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville.
Gun owners have already reported record-breaking sales, but gun rights activists deemed Saturday “National Gun Appreciation Day” to get people to spend money and exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The day was heavily promoted by the National Rifle Association and other groups.
“It’s something that has been on the books for awhile but hasn’t been at the forefront until lately,” Lipscomb said. “It has a little bit more attention to it and meaning to it than in years past.”
The run for guns and ammunition comes in the wake of announcements from the Obama administration that it would pursue sweeping gun control legislation.
On the top of that list, and many minds, is legislation to reinstate an “assault weapons” ban.
But it’s not entirely clear what an assault weapon is, technically or legally.
“If someone can answer that, than they can solve a lot of stuff,” Lipscomb said.
“Who defines assault weapons? Congress?” he asked rhetorically. “It’s what it looks like. How would it look different? I don’t know. It’s frivolous. It looks scary. There’s no difference between it and a deer rifle.”
Complicating an already complicated issue is that the term is defined by state law, Lipscomb said. And it is hard to find any two states with the same gun laws.
Ammunition has been the biggest item leaving the store, Lipscomb said, in part because of increased demand and in part because of lower retail inventory in the beginning of the year.
Lipscomb said he continues to see more first-time gun purchases. And within that push, he said a notably higher percentage of them are going to women.
“They’re looking at first-time guns, looking for ways to protect themselves. They want something not only the husband can shoot, but the wife can shoot as well,” he said.