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Nation's biggest gun store calls for revolt

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Gun Control

The nation's biggest arms store, Charlotte, N.C.'s Hyatt Gun Shop, is calling on gun owners to revolt against President Obama's new gun control move, warning that Washington has its eyes on trashing the Second Amendment and stealing gun rights.

Hyatt has turned part of its retail webpage over to the plea for action: "Whining to other gun owners and giving up on dialogue with your representatives in Congress is how you GIVE AWAY your gun rights! Remember to contact your representative and senator TODAY and keep contacting them. We cannot stress this enough!"

Owner Larry Hyatt told Secrets, "People are outraged. They hate the government. I don't think we've seen this much divisiveness since the Civil War."

Hyatt's store is big. Secrets toured it during the Democratic National Convention. He describes it as America's largest gun store and it sells many of the weapons the president wants to ban, like assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines.

He is urging gun owners to beg their House and Senate members to temper the president's effort. "Don't waste your time with the president," he said, adding: "The American people are the most scared of the government and what it might do next."

He said that his store has been flooded with customers since Obama began talking about gun control following the December Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. New gun permits in his county have tripled to 260 a day and Hyatt's classes for those seeking permits to carry a concealed weapon have jumped from 20 to 67. "There are so many people that we can't get them in," he said.