Possibility of executive order on gun control feeds gun frenzy in McKinney

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

McKINNEY -- Gun shops in North Texas are seeing more and more customers as the threat of gun control reaches a peak.

On Thursday, the newly-appointed head of a gun task force, Vice President Joe Biden, met with the NRA. At the same time, a mother of two from McKinney is quite startled by what she saw Thursday morning.

"When I saw this today, it really just freaked me out," said the woman, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons.

She wondered why a gun shop, called Cheaper Than Dirt Guns, had customers waiting for the shop to open.

"There were approximately 20 people waiting out front," the woman said.

The owner of the store would not talk with us. But News 8 noticed it was busy Thursday, with plenty of foot traffic and a packed parking lot.

"[Gun buyers are] all a little freaked out -- a lot of panic-buying going on," said gun owner Boeh Talplacido.

He said the panic is over news that an executive order strengthening gun control could happen soon. The young man had just bought an AR-15.

"No one wants to take a chance," Talplacido said. "That's why I'm here."

Randy Bateman runs the Gun and Knife Supply in McKinney. He's not surprised that it's getting busy. Bateman said he can't keep an assault rifle on the his shelves for 24 hours.

"A lot of people are buying ARs as an investment," Bateman said.

He said what happened in Connecticut is unfortunate, but he stands by the saying that "there are no bad guns, just bad people."

His customers aren't waiting for another ban.

"They don't want one man to make a powerful decision," Bateman said.

The mother we spoke to Thursday said the frenzy was heart breaking.

"It's really irresponsible," she said.

Sources say Biden will make his recommendations to President Obama on Tuesday.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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