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Gun sales on the rise in the Tri-States

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In the wake of the mass school shooting in Connecticut, gun sales are spiking across the country.

With lawmakers putting the gun control debate front and center, reports say gun sales are up nationwide.

Four area stores that sell guns and ammo said that their sales are up, but they are attributing this to the holidays-except for one.

Salt River Outpost in New London has seen an exhausting number of guns sold since the deadly shooting last Friday.

Lance Harvey, the son of the owner, says his customers say they are concerned they will not be able to get guns much longer, so they're buying them now.

"I think that people are just worried about the laws changing. That's mainly what people are saying when they come in and buy guns is just they're worried about not being able to get the guns that they want."

Harvey also says he sold ten guns last Saturday, when normally,  he would sell two or three this close to Christmas, and he says he's still working on the paperwork.

The owner of Butch's Sports World in Palmyra says its gun suppliers are backed up with orders.

Harvey says when someone buys a gun there is a paper trail.

He also says they call them into the NICS system, a federal background check, and he says that system has been running very slow since Saturday, with waiting times up to fifteen minutes, when there would normally be no wait at all.

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