UPDATED: Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:26am
COLLEGE STATION, TX — In the days and weeks following the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting gun stores have seen a big boost in business including right here in the Brazos Valley.
Mike Stulce, owner of Champion Firearms in College Station, has been in the business of selling guns for the past 20 years but what's happened in the past few weeks, after calls for tighter gun control, is like nothing he's ever seen before.
"To say that we were unprepared or didn't see it coming is an understatement," Stulce said. "I mean I don't think anyone could have assumed that one shooting could trigger such a response."
Typically Stulce carries 1,500 different types of guns ranging from handguns to semi-automatic rifles but since the surge in business, he only has 300 in stock.
Now the shelves are bare and the display cases empty. And it's not just gun enthusiasts looking to buy.
"You know there's a lot of people concerned about personal protection so they're flooding in to buy their first gun," said Stulce.
Champion Firearms not only had to add another handgun class but also double it in size because the demand is so high and we're told one in every five of those enrolled is a teacher.
Gerald Bennett says he understands why.
"My wife is a retired teacher and she's had her conceal and carry for years," said Bennett. "Many of her friends do too because they see what goes on."
But no matter what the reason, one thing is for certain, if you're looking to buy a gun it'll be hard to find because Stulce says it'll take several months to get some items back in stock.