Women among busiest buyers amid gun control debate


Talk of new laws is prompting a run on guns. People are anxious to get their hands on guns and ammunition and many of them are women.

The customers at Fort Liberty Firearms in Avon were mostly men Wednesday, but the store's owners say women have been a lot of their business lately.

"There's a lot of single mothers in the world who, you know, are scared and they want to have a way to defend their families, their children, in case of an intruder or in case someone would try to make them a victim of some sort," said store owner Lisa Daugherty.

Women have been coming into the store or calling, said Daugherty, asking what they could still buy as they got word of stricter gun control measures coming down in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

"People started to get concerned and it started a frenzy for us and all of us distributors," she said.

Normally, the cases in the store and the walls have been full of guns. After Wednesday's announcement from President Barack Obama, though, there wasn't much left.

"We normally carry anywhere from 200-250 guns in the store and we have less than 25 right now," said Daugherty.

Michael Austin bought his first gun Wednesday. It was a handgun.

"Just personal protection for myself and my wife," said Austin.

A native of Scotland, Austin remembered a school massacre there that led to banning civilians from owning handguns.

"There's no gun sales there," said Austin. "It's pretty much farmers and shooting clubs only."

Austin said he never sees that happening here and he doesn't want to.

"It's part of the USA. It's 2nd Amendment. It's a privilege to have here," he said.

A privilege, the owners at Fort Liberty Firearms said, customers have been exercising in record numbers, just in case that privilege should change in any way.