Gun advocates pack to local ranges on Gun Appreciation Day

Gun advocates pack to local ranges on Gun Appreciation Day

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Gun Appreciation Day was organized Saturday across the country to show support for the Second Amendment. Gun Appreciation Day was organized Saturday across the country to show support for the Second Amendment.
At Coal Creek Armory, employees say they now see as much business Monday through Thursday as they used to see on Fridays and Saturdays. At Coal Creek Armory, employees say they now see as much business Monday through Thursday as they used to see on Fridays and Saturdays.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Just five weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., concerns have been raised over changing gun laws, especially with the President's recent proposal to ban assault weapons.

In response, gun advocates proclaimed Saturday as Gun Appreciation Day, an event to show support for the Second Amendment.

Dottie Sollman waited two hours Saturday to hit the gun range at Coal Creek Armory.

She says she didn't know about Gun Appreciation Day, but she now thinks having a gun is more important than she did in the past.

"The high crime, I never thought I would ever feel the need to have a gun in my home, but I feel the need to have a gun in my home now. There's just too much crime and no matter what neighborhood you live in, you're at risk," said Sollman.

At Coal Creek Armory, employees say they now see as much business Monday through Thursday as they used to see on Fridays and Saturdays.

For the most part, it's been people trying to stay out in front of legislation, get things before Congress can do anything that will bar them from getting them," explained Range Operations Manager Jonathan Carter.

Carter says there's no one day he thinks the armory will start to see a slowdown.

"Not until Congress has done what they're going to do. When that occurs, it will slow down, because the fear of an extreme knee-jerk reaction will be over," added Carter.

Sollman plans to buy her first handgun within a month, and she feels pretty confident after her first day at the range.

"Well, they tell me I did outstanding. I practiced in the simulation room quite awhile on the play gun and I did really, really well. That gave me an edge when I was using the real gun, and I missed my target twice out of 50," Sollman said.

Employees say they had a few customers talk about 'gun appreciation day' earlier in the week; those customers were planning to go to Nashville for the demonstration at the capitol.

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