JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Gun permits in Johnson County have spiked this week, according to Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek. The rise comes just a few days after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, as the President pledges to take on the issue of gun control.
"I have signed stacks, literally every morning I sign a stack," said Pulkrabek. "I don't know if it's people thinking they want to be prepared if there's a shooting, if they want to intervene, or if it's the threat of gun control."
Sales of guns and ammo are also up in the area. Tuesday was a record breaking day for sales at the Ammo Bearer in Iowa City, according to co-owner Mike Gerot.
"I fear a ban in the sense that we're not going to be able to purchase certain things," said Don Anciaux, who fired an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at a Johnson County gun range on Wednesday. "It's just a gun, it's only what it is, it's metal and plastic, it's the person who uses it (that's the issue)."
Anciaux said the AR-15 could be banned if action is taken during the Washington gun control talks, which are being headed by Vice President Joe Biden.
Gun enthusiasts hope to see action in the field of mental health, Anciaux said. "That's a huge issue."