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Eager Customers Line Up Outside South Austin Gun Store
The line in front of Central Texas Gunworks in South Austin might as well have been miles long. People in line were there to buy parts for the AR-15 assault rifle they said is being demonized and worry about them disappearing with the recent gun law proposals.
It's the "get it while you can" mentality that is sweeping across America. In Austin, in one hour, Central Texas Gunworks sold 100 parts for the AR-15 on Monday.
Austin resident Nathan Hewitt was last in line, and said he already owns two assault rifles.
"I do think they might disappear," Hewitt said. "We figured we might as well buy now while we can."
Demand for all things gun related is hitting record levels. The price has doubled for the AR-15 since the push for stricter gun laws.
Steve Korczynski purchased assault parts for a fifth gun. He said banning assault rifles is ripping the nation apart. He said if federal law prohibits personal guns, he will not abide by it.
"I said, 'well, if I'm going to get one to build me a gun then that's what I'm going to have to do to get over here early,'" Korczynski said. "The second amendment is our basic right in the state of Texas. We aren't giving up our guns."
Hewitt said if the government bans citizens from carrying guns, he will follow the rules.
"I would obey the law. I will do that they ask me to do even if I don't' agree with it," Hewitt said.
Gun enthusiasts at the gun shop said tightening of gun laws is an attack on personal rights.
Each person who bought an AR-15 piece filled out a background check at the store.
By Cassie Gallo