Never heard of hoplophobia? Most people haven't. The made-up word to describe people who fear guns hasn't caught on. Not even longtime gun enthusiasts are familiar with the term.
"We lead the state in sales, but we've never heard that," said Norman Van Wagenen, whose family has been in the firearms business in Provo since 1958.
The Utah Shooting Sports Council is trying to get hoplophobia into the local vernacular as well as the often bitter gun rights debate.
Dennis Romboy, "Gun-rights group touts new 'word'," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), December 29, 2003
Quetta Carpenter, "Gun Nut," Phoenix New Times (Phoenix, Arizona), October 3, 2002
Carleton R. Bryant, "Bush sees no need for new gun laws," The Washington Times, January 3, 1991