Residents stock up on guns, ammunition

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Folks started stocking up at gun stores in December, as soon as the state starting talking about new laws. Monday's announcement of a bill that would ban certain guns sent people running for the stores yet again.

Customers are stocking up at Connecticut Sporting Arms in North Branford. That's a good thing for Arnie Willhite. Soon he might be banned from selling some of this stuff.
"I'll be stuck with a lot of inventory and I don't know what will come out of this and what I will be able to do," said Willhite, CT Sporting Arms. "I suppose I'll have to drive to another state and sell it there."

If the bill announced Monday becomes law, he'll no longer be able to sell magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and he won't be able to sell rifles with certain military-style features.

"Things like a bayonet lug on a gun...banning that? How many times do we get someone bayoneted," asked Willhite.

There are going to be certain things they can no longer sell if this bill becomes law, but possibly the biggest impact on gun shops is going to be all the extra paperwork.

Ever since the mass shooting in Newtown, it's been a struggle just to get state authorities on the phone to register handguns.

"They're burning people out up there," Willhite said.

"And this is just going to add to it, right," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.

"Oh yeah, it can't help but add to it," Willhite said. "I don't know how they're actually going to keep up. They're either going to have to hire a lot of people or they simply won't be able to get the job done."

If lawmakers make everyone register their long guns, and even get a permit to buy bullets, that could mean creating a new, expensive state bureaucracy. And Willhite says the worst part is it won't make us any safer.

"The law-abiding citizen is someone who will come in here and will jump through the hoops and he really doesn't affect the crime statistics, he's not part of it," Willhite said.

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