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Gun sales increase after Newtown shooting

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President Obama called for new gun policies to prevent another mass shooting like the Connecticut school massacre. Now many are not only clinging to their guns, but adding to their stockpiles as fear spreads that a ban could soon go into effect for semi-automatic weapons.

Two days ago, Charlie Harris, owner of Storied Firearms, had more than 20 A.R. style rifles in stock at his Austin store. Harris says he is sold out of A.R. style riffles following Friday's school shooting in Connecticut.

"You're looking at a few weeks' worth of A.R. sales for me easy and I sold them in 2 1/2 days," said Harris.

The reason for the jump in sales …Harris says his customers fear more bans could be put in place on semi-automatic weapons.

"There's beyond concern they are believing it is just simply going to happen," said Harris.

"They want to impose these laws on law abiding citizens such as myself, it makes us run and get everything we can off the shelves," said Kaleb Baker, a gun owner.

Baker says he's been searching for a certain A.R. style gun all day without any luck.

"I've been to every shop within 60 miles of Austin and they're sold out," said Baker.

While gun sales are up, so are the number people interested in concealed hand gun licenses.

"There has been a lot more interest," said Robert Greene, a concealed handgun license instructor.

Greene says interest in his C.H.L. classes have tripled since Friday.

"My website traffic is usually between 300 to 400 hits a day, but just since the incident in Connecticut, it's peaked to over a thousand," Greene said.

It's a trend that will keep those in the gun business busy for weeks to come.

"We've stopped answering the phone," said Harris.

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