By Kevin Lu
Jeremy Andreae is upset.
The owner of Heavy Metal Firearms in Stevens Point just had his order for rifles canceled by his supplier. The order was for five rifles at $500 each. He was told he could keep the order if he’ll pay $900.
“Rifles that were selling for $900... in November, they’re selling for $1,200 now,” said Andreae, who opened up shop six months ago. “And sometimes, if you’re going to online places, they’re selling for $2,000.”
Guns have been snapped up like hotcakes since the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, when a man killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school. Since the shooting, there’s been a lot of political talk about how to prevent such mass shootings. A frequent argument is to make it harder to obtain guns and bring back the assault weapons ban from 1994 that expired in 2004.