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Posted: 8/20/2001 6:33:31 AM EDT
http://detnews.com/2001/livingston/0108/19/b05l-272635.htm Gun permits create frenzy for new lightweight models - 08/19/01 Sunday, August 19, 2001 Copyright 2001 The Detroit News. Use of this site indicates your agreement to the Terms of Service (updated 08/09/2001). John M. Galloway Ken Laako of Ann Arbor talks with Gary Oakley of Dick's Sports Center about a lightweight titanium handgun manufactured by Taurus. Laako had been to several stores looking for it without much luck of finding it in stock. Gun permits create frenzy for new lightweight models Retailers sell out of small handguns By Steve Pardo / The Detroit News John M. Galloway Before the law took effect, revolvers with three-inch barrels and compact semi-automatics sat on store shelves, said Ron Westcott, vice-president of Dick's. Comment on this story Send this story to a friend Get Home Delivery HOWELL -- The flow of people applying for a concealed weapons permit has been reduced to a trickle in Livingston County in recent weeks, but gun shops in the area are experiencing a boom in sales. Normally, the smaller handguns -- revolvers with two or three-inch barrels and compact semiautomatics -- just sit on the shelves, said Ron Westcott, vice-president of Dick's Sport Center. But Westcott, speaking from Dick's at Grand River in Genoa Township, said sales of the handguns have picked up since the law took effect July 1. "There has been a definite increase in the sales of the carry gun," Westcott said. "It was a very slow-moving item. Now, it's become a stable item." Even people who already owned a handgun typically didn't have one of the smaller models, favored for their light weight and concealment capabilities over larger-framed handguns. Many gun owners are again shopping for a pistol, Westcott said. "It's a new niche," he said. Gun manufacturers have come out with newer models that are lighter and smaller than before. The gun manufacturer Taurus, for example, offers several revolvers made out of titanium, which greatly reduces the weight of the weapon. And the Taurus handguns have a lock built into the newer models. The locks look like a tiny dimple behind the hammer. The owner simply turns a key and the gun cannot fire.
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It was that kind of handgun Ken Laako of Ann Arbor was in the market for during a recent visit to Dick's. And it wasn't the first gun shop he visited. "It's hard to find these smaller guns," Laako said. "Places are sold out." On July 1, Michigan became the 32nd state to allow "shall issue" permits when the state's Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to overturn an earlier ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The new law requires county gun boards to issue concealed weapons permits to anyone over 21 who has no history of felonies or mental illness. Previously, most county gun boards required people to prove they needed to carry a handgun. The new law requires those convicted of a misdemeanor crime to wait three years before receiving a permit. More serious misdemeanors, such as a second offense for drunken driving, requires those interested to wait eight years before being eligible to receive a permit. Prosecutors from throughout the state, including Livingson's David Morse, quit the gun boards in droves after the law was passed. The prosecutors resigned from their boards generally because the new law assures that any qualified applicant must receive a concealed weapons permit and doesn't give the gun board members any discretion in the matter. Sheriff's officials in Livingston County gave out hundreds of concealed carry packets -- the instruction booklet that tells a person how to go about getting a permit -- the first day the law took effect. Within a few weeks, the department handed out more than 1,600 packets. To be eligible, participants must pass a background check and complete an eight-hour gun safety course. Already, John Atwell, a certified National Rifle Association instructor, has guided about 600 people, mostly county residents, through the course. "I teach with two other instructors and our class goes about 12 hours," said Atwell, a former police officer. "The biggest thing we stress 100 percent of the time, 100 percent of the day, is safety."
Link Posted: 8/20/2001 7:12:12 AM EDT
Well, you know, of course, that concealed-carry laws are just a plot by the NRA to find new markets for the gun manufacturers. Nobody should be able to get a small, powerful, concealable weapon! There'll be blood in the streets! Killings over K-mart blue-light specials! Traffic accidents will turn into homicides! The peons can't be trusted with guns! We must disarm them for their own protection! They're not qualified! Funny how the anti-gun rhetoric never changes. Each state considering "shall issue" CCW laws is given the same horror-story scenarios, regardless of the fact that it hasn't happened in ANY state that's passed the laws. And not one major media outlet comments on that. Media bias? What media bias?
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