Newtown tragedy fuels gun sales - KCTV5

Newtown tragedy fuels gun sales

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Gun shop owners said Monday that they are seeing a surge in sales on the wake of  Friday's tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The sales are coming because of people fearing for their safety, fear of increased gun control regulations and the holidays are often the time for more sales because of Christmas gift purchases.

"We want to make sure we can take of ourselves if we have to," said Felicia Drury, who along with her husband was shopping for what they described as personal safety reasons.

Her husband, Mike Drury, said due to recent events that they wanted additional "home defense."

UT Arms was packed with customers Monday. The owner of the KCK business, Chris Coad, said many of his customers fear that Congress and President Barack Obama will enact laws that will make it harder to purchase and own a gun.

Coad said he fears for his livelihood.

He said say he stresses safety to his customers. He said he stresses gun safety education for both adults and children. He said he would like to see video games that glorify violence "and shooting and splattering guts all over," done away with.

Mike Drury said someone determined to commit a mass slaughter will find weapons whether it's guns or explosives or other weapons.

"If you are going to do wrong, you are going to do wrong," he said.

Gun enthusiasts say the focus should be on the mental health of those handling guns.

But supporters of tighter gun regulations say assault weapons like Adam Lanza used to carry out his carnage should again be banned. They say no hunter needs an assault rifle to kill animals or birds and that only police and the military should have access to them.

Lanza used an assault rifle registered to his mother that she had obtained before Connecticut passed tough gun-control laws. Nancy Lanza's weapon reportedly was grandfathered in as others in the state were.

To read more about the national gun control debate, click here.

KCTV5 reporter Erika Tallan contributed to this report.

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