Guns Sales Soar


The gun cases in a store are nearly empty. Dealer Mark Folmar no longer tells his gun distributors what he wants to order.

"We used to call and order specific guns, now we call and ask them what they have in stock," said Folmer.

Since the first of the year nearly a hundred thousand more background checks have been run on would be gun buyers than during the same three months of 2012.

Ammunition is also hard to come by.

"Apparently, people are afraid that the government is going to enact things that will make it more difficult for them to have stuff and they want it," said Folmer.

And because of that fear, state lawmakers are jumping into the picture.

What lawmakers are saying is that even if case law does allow guns like this to be banned, the tenth amendment on state's rights should prevail.

A Divided House Judiciary Committee voted to tell Washington that Florida would not enforce any assault weapon or ammunition bans.

"I've often wondered why aren't we talking about defense rifles confiscation instead of assault weapon ban. Those are just perspectives," said Rep. Dennis Baxley.

But critics called it unnecessary and grandstanding.

"It just seems like a waste of money just as challenging the Obama Care wound up putting us behind the eight ball," said Rep. Elaine Schwartz.

Unclear in the legislation is who would initiate a law suit, but the message to congress could be voted on by the full House as early as next week.

In addition to telling Washington to keep their hands of Floridians' guns, state lawmakers also voted this week to allow principles to designate personnel who can carry a gun on campuses, and they are trying to close a loophole that misses mentally ill gun buyers.


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