Guns sell out at Las Vegas stores as nation debates tighter laws
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Gun stores in Las Vegas are seeing a spike in sales as the discussion of new legislation heats up across the nation.
Bob Irwin, owner of The Gun Store on East Tropicana, says sales are up 15 to 18 percent since last weeks deadly shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Irwin said the reason is not so much people fearing for their own safety, but what the federal and state government plans on doing to try and prevent a similar mass shooting.
Concealed weapons classes are also packed to capacity. Instructors usually have 25 students per class. Now that's doubled.
Gun advocates argue the fear will continue as long as the government tries to control gun ownership instead of focusing on mental health of gun owners.
"I think the root of the problem is control of mentally ill people. Every one of these mass shooters has been a nutcase. You can't even comprehend what the guy was thinking in Connecticut," said Irwin.
For now, The Gun Store's two-week supply of firearms is running low. Irwin assures customers a new shipment will be coming in right after Christmas.