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1/20/2013 6:01:00 AM
Obama continues to spur Kingman gun sales
A number of men, women and families went to On Target Enterprises in Kingman Saturday for “Gun Appreciation Day.” There was a barbecue and gun sales all day at the store, which saw brisk business during the event dedicated to letting their “customers know we appreciate them and their guns.” Here, Lisa Waner takes a look at a Ruger 22. She was considering a handgun purchase for self-defense.
A number of men, women and families went to On Target Enterprises in Kingman Saturday for “Gun Appreciation Day.” There was a barbecue and gun sales all day at the store, which saw brisk business during the event dedicated to letting their “customers know we appreciate them and their guns.” Here, Lisa Waner takes a look at a Ruger 22. She was considering a handgun purchase for self-defense.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

President Barack Obama proposed several gun control measures last week and issued 23 related executive actions, including the issuance of three presidential memoranda, but other than boosting gun sales, the effect in Kingman and Mohave County remains to be seen.

Among the recommendations that would need Congressional approval to become law, the proposals to reinstate 1994's "assault weapons" ban and place limits on ammunition magazines are the two pieces that have received the most opposition, sending people to gun stores in droves.

"People are buying ammunition faster then (manufacturers) can make it," said Darrell Miller, owner of Bank Street Guns.

Some of the big sellers recently include .223 and 5.56x45mm types of ammunition, which Miller said are primarily used in AR-15s - semi-automatic rifles.

Business is always pretty good at Bank Street Guns and during the holiday season it regularly heats up, but business over the last month or so exceeds all expectations, and instead of slowing down in recent weeks it has actually increased.

"We're setting all kinds of records," he said. "It's hard to keep up with demand."

Customers who walked into the business a few months ago in hopes of buying a semi-automatic "military style" rifle would have their choice of 15-20 different guns. But Miller said people seeking the same thing now are lucky to get one - let alone have a choice in style.

"As fast as we get them in, they're gone," Miller said.

Of the 23 executive actions signed by Obama on Jan. 16, most of them are toothless and come off as a list of priorities or ideas rather than laws.

Here are a few of them straight from the White House:

• Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

• Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

• Release a Department of Justice report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

However, Obama did sign three presidential memoranda. Presidential memoranda are similar to executive orders, according to a Congressional research report written by John Contrubis in 1999.

"They (presidential memoranda and executive orders) differ in that executive orders must be published in the Federal Register whereas presidential memoranda are similarly published only if the President determines that they have 'general applicability and legal effect,'" Contrubis wrote.

The three memoranda signed by Obama will be published in the Federal Register, therefore, they're basically laws.

They are:

• A memorandum to engage in public health research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.

• A memorandum to improve the availability of relevant executive branch records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

• A memorandum to improve the tracing for firearms in connection with criminal investigations.

But it's not these that are causing all the commotion. It's the proposal for the reinstatement of the "assault weapons" ban and the proposal to limit ammunition magazines that people seem to take the most issue with.

"I believe in the 2nd Amendment," said Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan. "I do not support an 'assault weapons' ban or restrictions on ammunition."

Sheahan sees those segments of Obama's proposals as an infringement on people's rights.

As for the other aspects of Obama's gun-safety ideas, Sheahan said most don't have much of an effect, and he would rather see local entities coming up with plans.

"The less involvement from federal government locally, the better we are," he said. "We know how to deal with our problems best."

Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries said it's a controversial issue with two sides that are passionate about their beliefs. He looks forward to seeing what occurs in the future.

But one thing is for sure.

"If law is enacted, we're obligated to enforce it," he said.

ICT - Dr. Mohtaseb
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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Thank you Sheriff Sheahan! I am so proud to be in this State and county with many clear thinking people. You have set an excellent example as other Sheriff's have done on this issue. This will unite our community. May peace prevail.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

I have not seen one mention of a person being able to buy multiple rounds(high capacity magazines) and other items that should never be sold to people over the internet such as military or law enforcement vest, helmets etc..I think this issue should be addressed in the debate of gun safety. Anyone impersonating an officer or military should get mandatory prison time as well!
I don't believe any law abiding citizen should EVER ALLOW obama to have sweeping executive order power over gun control and the 2nd amendment should always remain strong for the people and supported by the people!

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

One thing that is as certain as death and taxes is that the election of a Democrat president will see the NRA and the gun lobbyists stoking the fear of weapons being taken away, thereby increasing gun and ammunition sales. And, as usual, no one is coming to take away their guns, but they will never be deterred as the rhetoric each time becomes ever more ridiculous. The one thing that everyone can be assured of, changes are coming in this nation regarding weapons and possibly ammunition. I have no idea what those changes will be, but I can assure those sad people that buy into the NRA’s fear mongering, no one is going to take your weapons away from you.


Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I believe the gun stores in Kingman are experiencing the same sales and back orders as most if not all the gun stores and mail order suppliers through out the country. A friend of mine just got back from Mexico where he purchased and brought back 30 - 30 round magazines for the AR-15 military style rifle as he couldn't find any available in the U.S.

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