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Gun sales rise nationwide after Arizona shooting


POSTED: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 1:42pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 5:33pm

U.S.--  Less than a week after the Arizona shootings, handgun sales across the country are up five percent. 

Congress passed a ban in 1994 after a string of shootings that limited the sale of magazines with more than ten rounds.  After the Arizona shooting last weekend, many Americans fear a similar ban.

East Texas gun shops like Lock & Load in Tyler are preparing--especially since there is talk of legislation limiting magazine sales with more than ten rounds.

Now, gun shops and buyers are stocking up.  In fact, Steve Prater with Lock & Load says on Monday, their distributors were sold out of handguns and ammunition supplies.


U.S.-- Studies show 263 handguns sold the day after the killings, up 60% from a year ago.  Tyler's Lock and Load manager says although gun sales have not increased dramatically here in East Texas, gun distributors were low because gun shops were buying more in anticipation of the frenzy.

Gun owners are nervous that there might be legislation on the way that might limit possession of the high-capacity magazines.

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