TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - These days, Top Guns in Terre Haute has had trouble keeping up with business.
"There are days literally, there's a line of people out the door to get in to buy guns," Top Guns Owner Steve Ellis said.
Tactical gun sales, in particular, have tripled.
"We deal with the largest distributors in the U.S. There's a reason we can't call and just get whatever we want. It's because every dealer is doing the same thing, and because of sales being in such high demand at the moment, all firearms are in such high demand," Ellis said.
Ellis said there are three reasons for the nationwide boost in sales, including the upcoming election and thus, possible taxing.
"It is an election year and we may have a second term democrat president which of course potentially leads to another weapons band similar to the Brady Bill that we had back in the late 90s," he said.
Two other factors include a UN Peace Treaty potentially restricting weapons, and the two shooting tragedies in the Aurora Colorado movie theater and the other at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.
Customers like Vietnam War Veteran Ernie King believe it's your constitutional right to own a gun.
However, he said it's a topic that will always be controversial.
"It goes in cycles. It never ends. I don't think it will ever end," King said.
It's a busy time for the firearms business as folks search for a away to protect their own.
Top Guns has seen more women than usual buying guns for personal and home protection.
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