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Gun sales spike after Connecticut shooting
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut has lawmakers talking gun control. President Obama even took to the airwaves Wednesday to announce a new task force to develop ideas to reduce gun violence by no later than next month.
Certain types of weapons may end up being banned and that has gun enthusiasts flocking to gun stores to stock up.
News 5's Josh Egbert spoke with one local gun store owner who says fear is what's keeping this shop busy.
Across the nation gun store owners are reporting heavy business.
"They're afraid; scared that the government is going to take them away and that's why it's pushed the sales with this happening since last Friday morning," said Tim Shriver, Deer Crossing Sales.
Certain types of weapons were the first to be sold.
"They're wanting the AR Rifles that everything's in the hot pursuit of trying to ban right now before the ban comes again like we had during the Clinton era," Shriver said.
The increase in fire arm sales is fueled by fear that lawmakers could enact gun control legislation following the tragedy in Connecticut.
On Monday, California Senator Barbara Boxer said something needs to change.
"We must all talk about it now. But here's the thing. We must do more than talk, because we have talked before. We've cried before. We've lamented before. So we have to act," Boxer said.
Boxer announced legislation that she will introduce strengthening school security.
"The slaughter of the innocents must stop. We must act! And whoever criticizes me or others for saying so, saying that we must act. Whoever says this is not the right time, I say this, When is the right time?" said Boxer.
But for gun store owners like Tim Shriver, it's not the guns that kill, it's the people that kill.
"It's unfortunate, but it's not the guns fault," said Shriver.
Shriver says no one really knows what's going to happen in the future.
"All these crazy flying rumors that's what's pushing the guns sales right now, this countries in a turmoil mess over guns," Shriver said.
President Obama empaneled a new task force led by Vice President Joe Biden to develop comprehensive proposals to address gun violence no later than next month.
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