Oklahomans still highly interested in guns, FBI records show

Even as the national gun debate has cooled in recent weeks, Oklahomans' interest in purchasing firearms remains high. In February, more than 40,000 background checks were requested by Oklahoma gun store owners, the third-highest total recorded by the FBI.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: March 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013

Burger said while the last three months have been historically busy for gun sellers, the high numbers may actually be deflated.

“It's product availability that's the issue right now,” she said. “You can't actually do a background check until you have (a gun) you are going to buy.

“As far as sales go, we haven't slowed down a bit. ... The traffic has, but that's because people are figuring out what we don't have.”

Burger said ammunition and so-called assault rifles remain very difficult to get, both at the local gun store and from the companies that manufacture them.

She said she has a waiting list for buyers interested in AR-15-style rifles.

“It's starting to loosen up a bit on those. We're starting to see a few of them from time to time,” Burger said of the rifles. “We have a list because we want to be fair to the people who've been waiting. We don't even put them on the shelf.”

During an interview with The Oklahoman last month, the owner of Big Boy's Guns & Ammo discussed the hard-to-get rifles.

“We still see them come in occasionally,” she said. “But I'd say the longest they sit on my shelf is 30 minutes — they don't stay long.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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