Around the country and right here in Tulsa gun enthusiasts are worried about possible new restrictions on their weapons and ammunition. That means business is brisk at Dong's Sporting & Reloading Goods on Admiral between Yale and Harvard.
KRMG went to visit Dong’s and found 26 people in the store. David Stone runs the business, he told us that was a lull in the crowd. “This is nothing we usually have about 40 people at a time in the store” he said as he looked around.
It’s so busy that parking spaces are even at a premium “people are parking next door, down the street, all over.”
Stone told us possible regulations from President Obama are driving the market “urgency to get a gun that you want before you can’t get certain guns” he summed up.
Stone told us it’s easy to understand what is causing inventory to fly out the door “constantly talking about gun control, assault weapons ban whatever, that’s just sparked increased urgency.”
Stone is worried about some of what he’s hearing, like a ban on anything with a clip. “That’s 75% of my inventory” he gestured around the store. “If they do that, I might as well go out of business.”
And the weapons themselves aren’t the only thing in high demand “there’s a lot of calls for ammunition” Stone noted. Dong’s doesn’t have a problem with ammo inventory and they prove it with how much they’re selling “20,000 rounds a day” Stone told us.
While there we met a man waiting on a friend who was buying a gun. He told us he had to have a bunch of ammunition “I do a lot of target practice.” How much us a lot? “It’s not uncommon for me to go out on a weekend day and go through 1,000 rounds” he pointed out.
That may sound like a lot but he says it’s just what he likes to do “a lot of people sail, a lot of people skateboard, I like to put little bitty holes in paper” he laughed as he said.
Stone said the biggest drawback right now is how long it takes to go through the paperwork process when someone buys a gun. “We’ve been on hold for up to three hours trying to get that done.”