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Gun Sales Spike After Friday's School Shooting

The debate over gun control laws has gun sales shooting up in Texoma.

Many folks like Stephanie Clayton and Berg Qist have been flocking to gun shops since Friday. They fear new gun control laws are just around the corner after Friday's tragic shooting inside an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. They say they're right to protect themselves might be at risk.

"I'm just worried what may happen. I don't think gun owners, people that want to protect themselves, hunters should be punished by legislation that limits them from getting any type of weapon they want," said Berg Qist.

And Stephanie Clayton says, "I think the world is in terrible shape right now and I think that people will do anything in order to survive in case something happens."

In Henrietta, the owner of O'Malley's Arms Justin O'Malley says he fears there will be more restrictions on guns now more than ever because the recent tragedy involved many children. That's why he says his sale numbers have spiked significantly.

"I'd say a good solid 15% or 20% but in particular though there's been a focus on getting semi-automatic rifles and handguns because that's what people think the ban is going to be on," said O'Malley.

O'Malley and many of his costumers say they're also worried that lawmakers will forget that the majority of the people use guns for something good.

"Not only for their own use but to leave them to their kids and grand kids so that they can enjoy the American tradition which is firearm sports, whether it's hunting or shooting sports," added O'Malley.

O'Malley also says his biggest problem right now is getting merchandise into the store since many manufactures and distributors are out of stock.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

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