Arizona gun shop sells out of assault rifles in wake of shooting

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 7:09 PM

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- A wall normally packed with assault rifles at AJI Sporting Goods in Apache Junction has a lot of empty hooks.

“Yesterday we had the biggest day we've ever had. We've sold almost everything that everyone wanted. All of the good stuff is gone,” said the owner of the gun shop, Jeff Serdy.

Serdy is now concerned about the length of time it could take to replace the guns.

Distributors are telling him they’re sold out too.

“I got a lot of stuff ordered but it may take a month, two months before the stuff comes in,” said Serdy.

Guns and ammunition started flying off the shelves after the Sandy Hook shooting and President Barack Obama's speech on Wednesday.

“We are going to be serious about making sure something like Newtown or Aurora doesn't happen again,” said the President.

There are now empty bins at AJI that used to have ammunition similar to what was used in Connecticut.

A customer told us she and her husband spent $8,000 on weapons in the past couple of days.

“It's just in case things happen and you want to be able to protect your own,” said the customer who didn’t want to share her name.

Some people are putting their names on waiting lists and money down to secure an assault rifle.

Serdy said the customers will get their guns as they trickle in.

While 3TV was in Serdy's shop, UPS dropped off 20 boxes, including a box of Glocks and some long rifles.

Many people, including the shop owner, are concerned about a ban on assault weapons, especially what it would do to business.

“I am concerned I've got a big building here to pay for,” said Serdy.

On a normal day the shop would sell 15 to 20 guns.

On Thursday the shop will sell up to 80 guns.

The owner said that number would be higher if he had more guns to sell.
 

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