Mt Vernon residents stock up on guns after murder

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MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (KSPR) - One gun shop owner said, since the murder of a man from Mount Vernon, his business has been booming.

A gun shop owner said orders more than doubled in the past week. People who live in Mount Vernon are concerned.

“It's a little uneasy. I got up probably four or five times last night in the middle of the night, looking around, checking it out," said Sean dudley, owner of S&P Defense.

He and other people who live in Mount Vernon are on edge.

“I've lived here 25 years, and I know every so often things happen, but it's crazy. I don't know, it's just crazy," said Robin Moenkhoff.

Moenkhoff said she does not feel safe in a town she has lived in for decades.

"It's a small town and we live in a different time than we have," she said.

A couple of months ago, “I knew nothing about guns, didn't have any interest in them," Moenkhoff said.

Now she hopes to start packing (carrying a gun) soon to keep her and her family safe.

"We live in a different time and day than we did, even 10 years ago. Just a lot of stuff going on and you've got to protect yourself," said Huffman.

Moenkhoff is just one of this gun shop owner's customers who feel that way. In fact, he said his business has boomed this week.

"One, because of the murder and, two, because people are getting prepared. The new law came out about the CCW, and a lot of people are calling asking me about that," said Dudley.

He does have some concerns about the new law, which lets people carry conceal weapons without taking gun-use training or getting a permit from the sheriff in the county where they live, starting Jan. 1.

"I think they are worried, but I think they need to take some training before they start carrying," Dudley declared.

“I think everyone should have a firearm. It's better to be safe than sorry. It's whenever you don't have it that you need it. So, why take that chance? Especially when it comes to your family, your kids," said gun owner Jim Green.

"Just protecting your family, protecting yourself is very important," Moenkhoff said.

This gun shop owner said his shelves were overflowing earlier this week. Now they are barely full.