Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:41 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Jan 5, 2013 5:49 PM
BUTTE-Mike Wallace teaches gun safety, is a search and rescue member and is in the top 25 percent of shooters in the world. He says, "We're definitely in a gun panic."
Wallace believes possible gun regulation changes in the future are causing a stir.
He could sense that while at the Butte Civic Center gun show.
"A tremendous amount of people are buying what they can. You go to a lot of gun shops and there's no ammunition on the shelves. There's no magazines. A lot of the different styles of guns are gone. You can't buy one," he says.
Butte man Dan Hash says, "I thought it was a very typical gun show. Prices were up a little bit cause I think people are a little nervous."
The price of bullets has doubled in a month for fear they could be going away, based on possible legislation.
Hash is also in the top 25 percent of shooters in the world.
He and Wallace have competed in Nationals in the past.
Hash says if legislation is going to make any changes, it should apply to the people doing harm.
"They should enact legislation that keeps guns and harmful other things out of the hands of people who are mentally incapable of being responsible," adds Hash.
Wallace says enforcing gun restrictions could lead to a bigger problem for the every day citizen.
"You don't hear of the thousands of times a year where a law abiding citizen with a gun stops a crime." He adds that, "It's happened to me, it's happened to a number of people that I know. As a consequence with legislation, all you're doing is making the law abiding citizen now the victim."
Some sort of gun regulation is likely to be addressed this year by Congress.