Charlotte gun stores adding security for DNC

Charlotte gun stores adding security for DNC

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 3:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The right to bear arms is a cherished American right, but now that the Democratic National Convention is coming to Charlotte, some gun dealers say they will be even more careful who they sell to.

“We’re in the firearms business.  We sell a dangerous product.  We’ve got to be on our tip toes watching who we sell to," said Larry Hyatt, the owner of Hyatt Guns.

Hyatt said that Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has been sending out advisories to area gun shops.

“Most of it is common sense, a little specifics, but…we get a lot of hints on terrorism and things to watch out for," added Hyatt.

Hyatt said that during the week of the DNC he’s going to boost security around his shop and go above and beyond the usual background checks for prospective buyers.

"Our biggest problem is the straw purchase.  That's where someone comes in to buy for someone who is not legally allowed to have one.  Certain things we can watch for and ways to help stop that.  We've had some training in that."

Thousands of demonstrators from out of town are expected in Charlotte for the convention.  Hyatt said it would be difficult for any of them to legally buy a gun while here unless they get some help.

“We’re going to step up our own security.  We’ll have an armed guard here every night patrolling the building.  We got all these outside agitators here, (so) we’ll make sure nothing goes wrong here,” said Hyatt.

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