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Sen. Ted Budd’s gun shop cited for selling weapons used in crimes

Feb 27, 2024 | 11:40 am ET
By Rob Schofield
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Sen. Ted Budd’s gun shop cited for selling weapons used in crimes
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North Carolina’s junior U.S. Senator Ted Budd owned a gun shop before entering politics – Image: www.tedbudd.com

A recent news story in USA Today by journalist Nick Penzenstadler about gun stores cited by the federal government for selling guns used in crimes may hold special interest for North Carolinians. This is from the report:

“The federal government has stepped up its scrutiny of gun stores that sell guns used in crimes, with the number of stores singled out more than doubling in the past four years.

Which gun stores sell the most crime guns has been kept secret for more than two decades, since 2003 under the George W. Bush administration. But a Freedom of Information Act request from USA TODAY unearthed a glimpse of them and showed that the vast majority of guns used in crimes are sold by a small fraction of America’s gun shops.

Among the more than 1,300 outlets targeted in 2023 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are many of the largest sellers – Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, Rural King and Sportsman’s Warehouse – along with some less well-known stores, such as Town Guns in Richmond, Virginia, and Ammo Bros in Ontario, California….

…The criteria for being included on the list is relatively simple: at least 25 guns traced to a crime over a year that were purchased within the past three years. It’s known in the law enforcement lingo as “time to crime.” A short period is an indicator of the illegal trafficking of guns.”

Presumably, most North Carolinians will find it sobering to learn that more than 70 of the problem stores are located in our state. And of particular note is the fact that one of those stores — Rural Hall-based ProShots — is owned by North Carolina’s junior U.S. Senator Ted Budd.

The USA Today story reported that gun industry representatives and store owners (Budd was not among them) largely dismissed the report as merely an indication of which stores sell the most guns, but the report also noted that “The list itself is largely a reflection of the nation’s largest gun sellers – but advocates say the time-to-crime weighting helps dilute the impact of volume alone.”

The bottom line: As America’s national gun violence crisis continues to metastasize, the story makes for, if nothing else, a fascinating and troubling read.

Click here to read the full story and explore the list of stores. The 76 from North Carolina are listed below:

Licensee                                   Business name                                  Address

4455 Ventures Inc Guns And More 19 East Main St, Thomasville, 27360 North Carolina
A & E Outdoors Inc Liberty Guns 615 Hampton Point Blvd Ste 102, Hillsborough, 27278 North Carolina
Ace Gun Shop Inc Ace Pawn Shop 5721 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, 28303 North Carolina
American Jewelry & Pawn Inc Of Nash County 4510 Sunset Ave, Rocky Mt, 27804 North Carolina
Arm Junebug Llc Gunshop 233 Western Blvd, Ste D,E & F, Jacksonville, 28540 North Carolina
Atlas Firearms Llc Atlas Firearms 4230 Ebert Rd, Winston Salem, 27127 North Carolina
Backwater Guns Llc Backwater Guns 1024 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, 28403 North Carolina
Bass Pro Outdoor World Llc Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World #007 8181 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, 28027 North Carolina
Beltway Gun & Pawn Inc 11500-B Independence Blvd, Matthews, 28105 North Carolina
Blackstone Shooting Sports Llc Blackstone Shooting Sports Charlotte Llc 2001 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, 28208 North Carolina
Bobs Pawn & Gun Shop Inc Bobs Pawn 140 W Meadowview Rd, Greensboro, 27406 North Carolina
Bobs Pawn & Gun Shop Inc Pap Paws Pawn & Jewelry 2418 S Main St, High Point, 27263 North Carolina
Bryan Brinkley Inc Scb Guns And Ammo 1 Hinkle Street, Thomasville, 27360 North Carolina
Bryants Gun & Pawn Inc 3551a Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, 28358 North Carolina
Carolina Caliber Company, Llc Carolina Caliber 571-C W. Fire Tower Rd, Winterville, 28590 North Carolina
Carolina Gunrunners Llc 1141 Falls River Avenue Suite 110, Raleigh, 27614 North Carolina
Carolina Pawnbrokers, Inc 175 Faison Hwy, Clinton, 28328 North Carolina
Carolina Sporting Arms Company Inc Carolina Sporting Arms 8055 S Blvd, Charlotte, 28273 North Carolina
Cross Creek Outdoor Supplies Llc 537 Cross Creek Rd, Henderson, 27537 North Carolina
Czech Inc Crystal Coast Pawn And Gun Sales 4010 Arendell St Ste 1, 2, 3, Morehead City, 28557 North Carolina
D & J Investment Co Inc Jerys Pawn 518 N Bragg Blvd, Spring Lake, 28390 North Carolina
Defender Firearms Llc Atlas Firearms Of Greensboro 1011 N Raleigh St, Greensboro, 27405 North Carolina
Docs Pawn & Guns Inc 506 S Memorial Dr, Greenville, 27834 North Carolina
Duncan Royal Investments Inc Shooters Express 2 Caldwell Dr, Belmont, 28012 North Carolina
Dunham’S Athleisure Corporation Dunham’S Sports #9078 309 Huffman Mill Rd Unit 100, Burlington, 27215 North Carolina
Dunham’S Athleisure Corporation Dunham’S Sports #9202 Gateway Plaza 2800 Raleigh Rd Unit A-2, Wilson, 27896 North Carolina
Dunham’S Athleisure Corporation Dunham’S Sports #9210 1100 N Wesleyan Blvd Ste 9104, Rocky Mount, 27804 North Carolina
Dunham’S Athleisure Corporation Dunham’S Sports #9038 410 Premier Blvd, Roanoke Rapids, 27870 North Carolina
Dunham’S Athleisure Corporation Dunham’S Sports #9211 714 Se Greenville Blvd, Greenville, 27858 North Carolina
Eagle 1 Law Enforcement Supply Inc 4410 Craftsman Dr, Raleigh, 27609 North Carolina
Ed’S Gunsmithing & Sporting Goods Inc Ed’S Gun Shop 5560 Us Hwy 1, Vass, 28394 North Carolina
Fcfs Nc Inc Quick Cash Pawn/First Cash Pawn 850 W Raleigh Blvd, Rocky Mount, 27803 North Carolina
Fcfs Nc Inc Quick Cash Pawn/First Cash Pawn 3800 Leo St, Winston Salem, 27105 North Carolina
Firepower Inc 1200 Industrial Dr, Matthews, 28105 North Carolina
Foothills Jewelry & Loan Inc 2619 1st Ave Sw, Hickory, 28602 North Carolina
Four Seasons Sports Inc 1713 E Ash St, Goldsboro, 27530 North Carolina
Fuquay Gun & Gold Inc Fuquay Gun & Gold 1602 North Main Street, Fuquay Varina, 27526 North Carolina
Futrell, Philip Mid South Guns 24461 Main St, Wagram, 28396 North Carolina
Gate City Pawn Inc Gate City Pawn / Gate City Guns 3800 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, 27407 North Carolina
Glenda’S Treasures And Pawn Inc Glenda’S Treasures And Pawn 1713 N Garnett St, Henderson, 27536 North Carolina
Guns Plus Inc Guns Plus 1503 N Bragg Blvd, Spring Lake, 28390 North Carolina
Guns Plus Too Inc Guns Plus Too 6257 Raeford Rd Unit # 2, Fayetteville, 28304 North Carolina
Hamilton, James David Jims Gun Shop 609 Woodland Rd, Raleigh, 27603 North Carolina
Heath Com Inc Heaths Pawn 1845 Lejeune Blvd, Jacksonville, 28546 North Carolina
Hyatt Coin & Gun Shop Inc 3332 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, 28208 North Carolina
Ideal Sportsman Inc Ideal Sportsman 3420 Hwy 601 Ste 130, Concord, 28025 North Carolina
Idol, Christopher Lance Idols Gun Rack 806 F Hwy 66 South, Kernersville, 27284 North Carolina
Jims Inc Jims Loans Guns & Gold 980 Old Us Hwy 1, Southern Pines, 28387 North Carolina
Jims Pawn Shop Inc Jims Gun Jobbery 4632 Yadkin Rd, Fayetteville, 28303 North Carolina
Jones, Charles Michael Ii Durham Gunsmithing/Bull City Armory 4528 B North Roxboro Rd, Durham, 27704 North Carolina
Jps Of Wilmington Inc Jims Pawn & Guns 4212 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, 28403 North Carolina
Long Jewelers Of Winston – Salem Long’S Pawn And Jewelry 5272 Germanton Rd, Winston Salem, 27105 North Carolina
Mace Sports Inc 6921 Industrial Dr, Mebane, 27302 North Carolina
Mackeys Landing Marina Ltd 30757 Hwy 64, Jamesville, 27846 North Carolina
Mls Sales Inc Swop Shop 510 S George St, Goldsboro, 27530 North Carolina
Money Quick Pawn And Guns Llc Money Quick Pawn And Gun 8006 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, 28304 North Carolina
National Jewelry & Pawn, Inc National Jewelry & Pawn #4 3407 North Roxboro St, Durham, 27704 North Carolina
Neuse Sport Shop Inc 225 E New Bern Rd, Kinston, 28504 North Carolina
Peoples Pawn Inc Peoples Pawn Shop 2502 N Queen St, Kinston, 28501 North Carolina
Perrys Gun Shop Inc 21 E Third St, Wendell, 27591 North Carolina
Point Blank Range Matthews Llc Point Blank Range Matthews 10726 Monroe Rd, Matthews, 28105 North Carolina
Poppie’S Gun & Pawn, Inc 5820 S Main Street, Salisbury, 28147 North Carolina
Ps1 Rural Hall Llc Proshots 1013 Bethania Rural Hall Road, Rural Hall, 27045 North Carolina
Redphish Inc The Pioneer 925 F1 Ward Blvd, Wilson, 27893 North Carolina
Rhudys Inc Rhudy’S Firearms & Accessories 2410 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, 28301 North Carolina
Rock City Guns Llc Rock City Guns Ii 2990 Durham Rd, Roxboro, 27573 North Carolina
Silver Dollar Gun & Pawn Inc 6787 Jordan Rd, Ramseur, 27316 North Carolina
Smith, Kenneth Lee Jr Jrs 3400 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, 28056 North Carolina
Southern Variety Guns And Ammo Llc Southern Variety Guns And Ammo #2 3007 Nc Hwy 24-27 East, Biscoe, 27209 North Carolina
Sportsmans Warehouse Inc Sportsmans Warehouse #177 4715a New Centre Drive, Wilmington, 28405 North Carolina
Sportsman’S Warehouse, Inc Sportsman’S Warehouse #603 1305 Bridford Parkway, Greensboro, 27407 North Carolina
Tactical Arms Company Llc Tac 11675 Us Hwy Bus 70, Clayton, 27520 North Carolina
The Aisle Llc 216 N Main St, Mooresville, 28115 North Carolina
Village Pawn & Gun Shop Llc 1207 E Caswell St, Wadesboro, 28170 North Carolina
West Gastonia Music & Loan Inc Bobbys Pawn Shop 1008 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, 28052 North Carolina
Wild Indian Gun Co Inc 2305 Us 13 North, Goldsboro, 27534 North Carolina