Small gun shop owners selling Bushmaster rifles

Small gun shop owners selling Bushmaster rifles despite ban by others

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Allen Maddox, who owns Allen's Guns and Leather in Lenoir City, says there is no need to take this type of gun off the shelf. Allen Maddox, who owns Allen's Guns and Leather in Lenoir City, says there is no need to take this type of gun off the shelf.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - While President Obama is hinting at stricter gun control laws, some stores have already started taking action.

On Tuesday, Gander Mountain and Walmart announced they would stop selling the Bushmaster rifle that was used in the Connecticut shootings.

But will local gun shop owners do the same?

Several small gun shops in East Tennessee were still selling the Bushmaster rifle on Wednesday, and one gun shop owner says he does not plan to stop.

Allen Maddox, who owns Allen's Guns and Leather in Lenoir City, says there is no need to take this type of gun off the shelf.     

"I really don't feel it was the rifle that was the problem," said Maddox. "It was a problem with the boy who did it."

He says shortly after the shooting these type of rifles started selling quickly. He is currently sold out.

Maddox says he does not understand why some companies are focusing on this brand of gun. He says there are hundreds of this type of assault rifle for sale.

"They did a ban years ago and they pretty much proved it doesn't work," said Maddox. "If a criminal or someone wants to do something like this, he's either going to find a gun through illegal ways or he's going to use something else."

Maddox says he will continue to sell Bushmaster rifles unless they become illegal and doesn't think his business will suffer if these types of guns are banned.

"Probably not. There are still a lot of rifles that you can shoot and hunt with," said Allen. "My business is primarily not assault rifles."

Maddox tells us currently he has a waiting list of people who want a Bushmaster rifle.

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