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On anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting, talk of new laws brings change

By Bonney Bowman 10:45 AM December 15, 2013

Krisann Farah, owner of Ammo King, said there are some items she still can't keep in stock.

ANCHORAGE- In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School came a renewed call for stricter gun control legislation.

Some communities around the country passed new laws. In Alaska, no new laws were passed, but some things did change.

The shooting at Sandy Hook came on the heels of the 2012 presidential election.

President Barack Obama’s second term, coupled with the school tragedy, caused many gun owners to panic and buy firearms and ammo. They believed the government would pass sweeping laws aimed at taking away people’s Second Amendment rights.

Despite the conversations in Congress about making changes to gun law, no such changes were enacted.

Krisann Farah, owner of Ammo King, said she saw the impact when her store went through more than two years worth of inventory in the two weeks immediately after the Sandy Hook shooting.

There are some items, like .22 caliber bullets, she still can’t keep in stock.

Farah said her store follows all federal guidelines.

The FBI requires anyone wanting to buy a gun to pass a National Instant Criminal (NIC) background check. The agency also requires all 50 states to report criminals and anyone deemed mentally unfit to the NIC system list.

Farah said that kind of reporting doesn’t always happen.

“If they had that kind of information, I’d feel a whole lot better about it,” she said. “Most states either don’t do it, don’t do it completely, or put up so many road blocks that the system is full of holes.”

She said the country doesn’t need any new gun laws, and feels the rule requiring states to report to NIC needs to be enforced.

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