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Local businesses see spike in gun sales

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

People across the Tri-States are rushing to buy guns before any new laws take effect. In fact, in many stores, there's already a shortage of some guns and ammunition.

Managers at Butch's Sports World say they're seeing more customers than ever coming in to buy guns and ammunition. And, some of those customers are first time gun owners.

"I've had women as old as 88 years old come in and purchase their first firearm," said employee Heath Fields.

Butch's Sports World in Palmyra has been a hub for gun buyers over the past several months and Fields say they've been getting people in on a daily basis looking to stock up.

"I think it's a fear of possibly losing the right to come in and get them or possibly also a fear of prices just really going up," said Fields.

The most popular items are rifles and semi-automatic pistols, which Fields says they're having a hard time keeping in stock.

"We look at our distributors across the country and they have nothing for us," said Fields.

And, the demand has gotten so big, the shelves for ammunition are almost bare.

"Limited amount and limited range of calibers that we're able to keep," said Fields. "A lot of them are sold out and we can't get anything to replace them."

Fields thinks the shortage will last a couple more months until the manufactures are able to catch up and restock.

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