Gun sales spike amid gun control debate

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- As the U.S. Senate votes on four proposed gun control amendments Monday, one local gun store owner says the anticipation of that vote is already impacting sales.

"In the past week, we have seen an uptick in our sales," said Robert Goins, owner of Acme Bullet Company in Graham. "It gets people who might otherwise have been thinking about a purchase -- it gets them thinking -- 'If I don't act now, I won't be able to make that purchase.'"

Goins said he does support restricting gun sales based on possible terrorist links and mental health concerns.

"It helps, to me, shore up the Second Amendment," he said. "It makes it stronger. So that law-abiding citizens can own their firearms. It's the people that aren't law-abiding that we need to shore it up against."

Gun owner J.R. Simpson agrees that those with certain mental illnesses should not be able to buy guns. However, he believes those who want guns will always be able to find them through illegal means.

"People are complaining that the government needs to do more," he said. "But people can get guns. Guns are something they sell every day."

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