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Sales of guns, ammo slows after background check vote fails


The initial rush for ammunition and guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the resulting fear over possible tougher gun laws has subsided.

Ron Henderson, who helps manage the Great American Gun and Knife Show at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, said for the first time in a while several of his dealers will have guns and ammo for sale this weekend.

He said emotions among buyers have settled some since many items were hard to find anywhere for months because of fear over new legislation.

"You don't ignore it. You just prepare for what it'll mean if it does happen," Henderson said.

A push for universal background checks failed by a small margin in the U.S. Senate. Gun safety advocates in Nashville are still working to get the next round of firearm legislation passed in Washington.

They are reaching out to Tennessee Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

"They voted against it. We're asking them to change their vote and vote for it because that's what the people want," said advocate Linda McFadyen-Ketchum.

An estimated 85 percent of Tennesseans support universal background checks, and both federal bills gaining support are bipartisan.

But the hangup for gun rights supports remains the same.

"I don't think you can legislate crazy. You can't legislate stupid, so I don't know what the answer is," Henderson said.

Many don't believe laws will stop the wrong people from getting guns and will only make it harder for the majority, but gun safety advocates see it as the right step.

"Once you've been touched by gun violence like many of us have, you don't forget it," McFadyen-Ketchum said.

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