Terrorist attack & gun control debate mean big bucks for Topeka gun stores

Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 7:14 PM CDT
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Following the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, some lawmakers in Congress are calling for new gun control measures.

The renewed gun control debate is keeping Northeast Kansas gun stores busy. Blake Bomhoff, owner of Meriden Gun Sales, says his business has quadrupled in recent weeks.

"We've sold most of the higher end automatic rifles that we had in stock," said Bomhoff.

It's not only walk-in sales that are up, online transfers have also increased.

"We're seeing is a drastic increase in transfers," said Jerry Aday, owner of Holsters and More.

Both owners say their buyers seem to have different motivations for buying the weapon.

"Some people purchase them for self-defense, some of them for hunting or sporting purposes and some because it's their constitutional right," said Bomhoff.

Both Aday and Bomhoff said that, while increased gun control proposals are good for business, they don't think new legislation will stop future tragedies.

"It's a good guy with a gun that stops a bad guy with a gun," said Bomhoff. "I believe it's the person behind the instrument, whether it be a vehicle or an AR-15, that is the problem."

Four gun proposals failed to pass in the U.S. Senate on Monday.

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