OKLAHOMA CITY — The Christmas rush is on at gun dealers across Oklahoma.
The numbers aren’t officially in yet but it sure felt like a record-breaking sales weekend at H & H Gun Range in Oklahoma City.
They were swamped.
“What we did hear over the weekend mostly was customers wanting to take care of themselves, their own safety and the safety of their family,” H & H owner Miles Hall said.
After the school shooting in Connecticut and a renewed discussion about the possibility for stiffer gun laws, some are concerned their firearm of choice could be restricted in the near future.
Miles Hall is a fierce advocate for the right to bear arms.
“The problem is the bad guys don’t follow the rules anyway,” Hall said. “That’s the disturbing part with all of these people who suddenly want to do these things. The bad guys don’t want to follow the rules to begin with.”
The Department of Justice gun purchase approval process is usually instantaneous.
However, for folks filling out their forms by hand, there was a 10 to 15 minute delay for federal approval on Saturday and Sunday.
Hall also reports a surprising number of customers purchasing gun safes for their firearms.
“This is Christmas; we are busy anyway but one thing that leaped out at us is people buying safes,” Hall said. “They’re wanting to make sure their guns as well as their other things in their home are secure.”.
If you buy a gun safe today, there is a three-week wait to have it delivered.