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Shell-shocked

At Datillio's Discount Guns, Tackle & Archery located on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, owner Jim Datillio isn't surprised about the current run on guns and ammunition.

"I saw this coming," Datillio said. "I managed to stay ahead of it. I have 30,000 rounds today. But it's tough; many exporters, like Russian companies, aren't lending credits to distributors. If you're a dealer, you have to give them cash up front."

Datillio says his shop is selling everything-rifles, handguns, ammo.

"It's flying out the door," he said. "Even local law enforcement agencies are calling us looking for ammo."

Datillio said Century Arms, an ammunition manufacturer located in St. Albans, Vt., recently received two $125,000 cashier checks for ammunition stocks-the twin purchases completely cleaned out the small manufacturer's inventory of ammo.

"People are afraid there's going to be civil unrest and that our government will turn on us," Datillio said. "Now you see Homeland Security saying that citizens stockpiling food or ammo are, well, terrorist suspects. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is blaming the U.S. for Mexico's gun problems, U.N. troops are being trained here-it's crazy. I think our government is running scared. And the law-abiding citizen is suffering as a result.

"Obama is the reason," Datillio added. "I don't know. But when H.R. 45 came up in Congress-Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act that would require gunowners to apply for five-year licenses to own firearms, and would give the U.S. Attorney General broad authority over the program-things went wild. The idea of fingerprinting, mug shots, medical records made available to the government, growing socialist behavior in the nation-everyone started to panic.

Datillio reported getting telephone calls from gunowners in Texas, Michigan, New York, Maine, New Hampshire and California looking for ammo.

"It's crazy," Datillio said again.

Adam Nielson, a businessman and gunowner from Colchester, was shopping at Datillio's gunshop last week. He was looking to acquire more ammunition to beef up his home stores for target shooting and self-defense.

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