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PA. Residents Respond to Terror Attacks: We Want More Guns


 From the Lehigh Valley 9/12 Project Tea Party-Second Amendment Committee Newsletter


In the face of increasing Islamic terror attacks, Democrats, led by “president” Barack Hussein Obama, are trying to pave the way for the imposition of Sharia law by taking the first step of trying to strip of us our Second Amendment rights.

But even as the left-wing mass media lies about the public’s supposed “support” for gun confiscation, people like Sam Stelitano, the owner Memories Sportsman Shop & Taxidermy Studio in Sharpsburg, say that since the mass shooting at an Orlando night club, “he’s seen more customers” pour through their doors, according to a posting on

Tony Urbanek, 46, is a regular at the store. He said he bought his first gun for self-protection when he was young, according to the article.

“The second gun I bought was an AR-15 assault rifle,” Urbanek said. “(It) was just for sport, for shooting, and then I got into shooting trap, which is skeet shooting.”

He considers himself a collector. He owns 30 or 40 pieces, but wants a little bit of everything, he said. But Urbanek said he is also thinking about long-term goals outside his personal collection.

“It’s an investment perspective on my part now with all the shootings,” he said. Urbanek said he expects the price of long-arm guns to go up, especially if lawmakers implement bans.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate voted on four gun control proposals that would tighten or expand background checks. All four measures failed. Stelitano said emotions and fear of firearm bans can become major market forces. He said he saw that in action when the national conversation turned to gun control after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Now since the Orlando shooting, business has spiked again. But when customers request purchases and trades, first he has to pick up the phone and request an instant background check.

“I’m number nine,” he said, waiting on the phone. “Ninth caller waiting for a quick check.”

That backlogged system is the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, also known as PICS, for firearms transactions. There’s a national system, but the state opted for its own to access more of purchasers’ personal information. All licensed dealer purchases and trades, and personal handgun transfers, get checked.

Major Scott Price, bureau director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records and Identification, said demand changes constantly, according to the article. In 2013, more than one million PICS requests were initiated, about 100,000 more than the year before. Price said year-over-year, PICS numbers are climbing.

The cause is two-fold, Price said. People fear more gun control, but also fear for their safety and buy protective weapons. As far as concerns about access to long arm guns, or so-called “assault weapons,” Price said as of right now, most 18 year olds can legally purchase them.

“If that individual’s not prohibited, they can buy a rifle whether it be bolt action or a gas operated semiautomatic or a lever action,” he said. “In Pennsylvania law, a rifle is a rifle is a rifle.”


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