TULSA, Okla. - Gun store owners, firearms manufacturers and pundits have proposed two theories to explain an explosion in gun sales around the country, including here in Tulsa.
The first theory revolves around a political concern that some people believe a second Barack Obama administration might try to push through new gun control legislation.
KRMG visited Tulsa Firearms, 5949 S. Garnett Ave. and spoke with employees and customers.
Earl, a veteran and a customer of the store, told KRMG that he's very concerned about the President's motives surrounding gun ownership.
"Since he's been in office, he's been the best gun salesman we've had," Earl said. "People are scared to death of losing their 2nd Amendment rights."
And Earl is among those who believe the 2nd Amendment is central to the American way of life.
"There wouldn't be a 1st Amendment if it wasn't for the 2nd," he added.
Tulsa Firearms employee Curtis Leos tells KRMG that while some people mention political fears, most of them mention the second reason pundits theorize for the boom in firearms sales is the fear of crime and the desire for protection.
"We get people coming in and saying 'oh, my neighbor just got robbed,' or 'I saw that story on the news this morning, it's right down the street from me and I want to be able to protect myself,'" Leos said.
He agreed that business is booming.
"They're in here buying guns, they're taking the concealed carry class. The number of people taking concealed carry class is just unbelievable."
Tulsa Firearms also offers a beginner class which is free with the purchase of most weapons.
Leos says they really urge people to get some training.
"So often I've had people come in that have never touched a firearm before in their lives, they're extremely nervous starting out," he said. "Usually by the time they leave, they're smiling."
The beginning class is four hours long and takes place on a Saturday.
Concealed-carry classes at Tulsa Firearms can be taken on Saturdays or broken up between a Tuesday and Thursday evening.