Part to make AR-15s draws dozens to local gun store

Part to make AR-15s draws dozens to local gun store

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Dozens of people lined up outside a South Austin gun shop Monday. They fear this new presidential term will mean tougher gun laws.

Monday morning dozens of people lined up outside Central Texas Gun Works in South Austin. Some waited as long as five hours to get the chance to purchase a part to make an AR-15.

"Lower receivers seem to be sold out throughout the nation so as soon as you find out one's in stock like the line shows, everybody rushes for them," gun owner Jeremy Paul said.

Just as the doors opened and people began to make their purchases, President Obama made his grand entrance to take the ceremonial oath of office.

Store owner Michael Cargill says he chose this date on purpose.

"[The AR-15 lower receiver] is the part that will be banned if they're going to ban anything," Cargill said.

His customers also had that in mind.

"I'm very big on the Second Amendment," said Steve Korczynski.

"People are just scared there's going to be a gun grab from the federal government. We believe that we have the right to have these firearms. We all want them," said Paul.

Cargill sold 100 AR-15 lower receivers in one hour.

Over the weekend, thousands of people headed to gun shows across the nation. But some advocates shot themselves in the foot.

In North Carolina, a 12 gage shotgun discharged as its owner unzipped the case during a pre-entry inspection. Three people were wounded.

Then in Ohio, a gun dealer was looking over a handgun when he accidentally pulled the trigger. He hit his friend in the arm and in the leg.

In Indiana, a man accidentally shot himself in the hand while leaving the show.

Issues like those only fuel support for stricter gun laws.

"I don't think the Second Amendment intended for citizens to carry around 21st century military weapons," said Ron Schneider.

"I hope that we can at least come together on at least laws that mandate a background check on all circumstances when you're buying a gun," said Andy Brown of the Travis County Democratic Party.

Cargill, who plans to attend the SAXET gun show at the Travis County Expo Center this weekend says accidental shootings would not happen here.

"Here in Austin we have an APD officer at the entrance of the gun show and we make everyone unload their gun and stick a zip tie through that gun to make sure it cannot be fired," Cargill said.

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