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Tuesday, Dec 10 2013 02:01 PM

'First Look': Gun store owner talks about business, laws

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    Gene Thome, center, talks about guns and ammunition with Scott Cox, left, and Californian President and CEO Richard Beene on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Are you still not sure what present to buy for Christmas? How about a gun, suggested Bear Mountain Sports owner Gene Thome.

Thome brought in half a dozen handguns, single shot training rifles and many more Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Thome said many people give ammunition as Christmas gifts, but this year there will be a shortage.

"I haven't been able to buy lead free ammunition all year but I have some coming in this week," Thome said.

And that shortage is due to Assembly Bill 711, which made California the first state in the nation to prohibit the use of all lead ammunition for hunting.

You can only use lead ammunition for target shooting -- shooting at paper.

With the scarcity of ammunition comes the rise in price for what's available.

"It can cost you $15 for a box of ammunition instead of $5, which is what it usually costs," Thome said.

Richard Beene, president and CEO of The Californian, said that he likes to practice and compete in clay pigeon shooting but asked who would be able to afford it with prices rising.

So what is the most popular handgun Thome sells at his store?

That would be the 40mm caliber or the AR 15 rifle.

 

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