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Talks of new federal gun regulations drive sales up

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Tuesday the president outlined a list of gun control measures in an executive order including comprehensive background checks and more restrictions on gun show sales.

The new initiative is not targeted at brick and mortar stores but is aimed at restricting sales by unlicensed individuals. Even so, when gun rights make the headlines, gun sales go up. 

Gun sales at Shooter's Depot on Shallowford Road are almost double compared to this time last year.
 
"Everyone, pretty much in the nation, has a boom or sees somewhat of a boom," says Trentyn Murrell, who works at Shooter's Depot.

Murrell says the local boom comes from a combination of factors: talks of new federal gun regulations, as well the July 16 attacks.
 
"Since then we have seen a huge surge in our carry permit classes," he says.

Classes are booked ahead until March.

As it stands now, stores like Shooter's Depot operate under tight regulations.
 
"We are responsible for every single firearm that comes in and leaves our store," says Murrell.

The store is subjected to random audits by the ATF. Workers also perform mandated background checks on buyers.
    
Obama's executive order targets unlicensed dealers.
 
"In Tennessee, I can just hand you a gun and say, 'Here you go.' And that really needs to be regulated in some way."

Under the new rules, anyone engaged in the business of selling guns — at stores, at gun shows, over the internet — has to obtain a federal seller's license and do background-checks on the buyers.

"Instead of thinking about how to solve the problem this has become one of our most polarized, partisan debates," Obama said Tuesday.

"I don't know how the government's going to police that. It's kind of, to me, it's all kind of smoke and mirrors," says Michael Stradley.

Stradley and his wife were at Shooter's Depot to buy her first gun.
 
"I thought it was a good idea. He travels for business some. I have three young kids," says Danielle Stradley.

While not opposed to tighter regulations, Stradley thinks they will be hard to enforce.

"The problem I think has been that the government doesn't have the personnel to do oversight to enforce it," says Michael Stradley.

In the meantime, stores are loaded with business.
 
"Obama's the greatest gun salesman since Samuel Colt," says Stradley.

The FBI is working to hire 230 more examiners to conduct the federal background checks on gun buyers.
 
The Obama administration will also seek funding from Congress to allow the ATF to hire 200 new agents and investigators to enforce gun laws. It will also seek $500 million to increase access to mental health care.
 

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