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Gun sales impacted by Trayvon case?


LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX)  "They're either here to shoot or they're in the buying mode." 

Joe Rice manages Palm Beach Shooting Center in Lake Worth. Over the past several months, more of his weapons are being purchased loaded up and hauled out of his store. 

"Guns seem harder to get this year," said Rice. "Distributors don't seem to have the guns they've had in the past."

Within the walls of this shooting range, Rice says there is talk of the high-profile and, perhaps, high-stakes Trayvon Martin case. 

"Do people talk about it? Sure," he said.  "It was an unpleasant case no matter how you look at it."

Across the state, there are persistent questions about the Stand Your Ground law. For the first time since it was created by Florida Governor Rick Scott after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the task force on Citizen Safety and Protection will hear from the public during a town hall meeting Tuesday. Martin's parents are expected to attend as are national and state policy makers.

"My goal is to have this feedback in time that we can look to see if anything needs to be changed with regard to the law," said Governor Scott on Monday.

"People get nervous that if certain legislation takes place that they'll no longer be able to purchase firearms so this might be a preemptive kind of strike," he says. 

Local experts say gun sales have shot up several times over the years; before Y2K and after 9/11, for example. The biggest jump, Rice says, surrounded the 2008 presidential election.

 "I sold more firearms in that span of time than all the other big events combined."  Anytime there is even discussion about legislation pertaining to firearms, along with it often comes a bump in sales, said Rice.

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