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Gun sales on rise in wake of school shooting

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While guns are on the minds of many after Friday's mass shooting, sales are on the rise across the nation and here in the midstate. The gun business is booming.

Marci Osbourne hasn't owned a gun in 20 years, but that's about to change.

"With all the violence that is going on, it has sparked my interest in getting another gun," Osbourne said.

Osbourne is not alone. People are flocking to gun shops like Staudt's in West Hanover Township. The day after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was the busiest the store has ever been.

"We weren't quite prepared for what was going to happen and we got swamped," owner Joe Staudt said.

Normally, handguns and hunting rifles would be the big draw, but not now.

"We've been selling primarily AR-15's and AK-47's," Staudt said. "In fact, I'm out of AK-47's right now."

Racks that normally would be full of semi-automatic rifles are now empty and are likely to stay that way for a while.

"Most of my suppliers right now are out of these types of rifles," Staudt said. "I can't even order them in right now. They're completely unavailable, not just here but throughout the country as well."

One reason is President Barack Obama's call for curbing gun violence. Many fear that any new restrictions could include a ban on the types of weapons used in the Connecticut school shooting.

Staudt says that shouldn't be the focus.

"The common thread, I think, in all those is not the guns, it's the individuals that are involved in those things," he said.

Osbourne agrees.

"I don't think any bans should be on the guns," she said. "I think if they would put bans on the guns, it would only be the criminals out there with them."

Things were so busy at Staudt's this past weekend, the background check system crashed.

While the future of the weapons remains unclear, there is no doubt that uncertainty is big business.

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