Posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM
Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:48 AM
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Assault weapons are flying of the shelves at gun stores in the St. Louis area.
Calls for a ban on assault rifles in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting have gun enthusiasts rushing to local stores to get one before they're all gone.
"It's been very great. But it's not just tactical weapons, it's been everything across the board. We sold 14 revolvers yesterday," Steven King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton said.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called for a ban on assault style rifles and high capacity magazines. Both were illegal to sell from 1994 until 2004, but the law was allowed to lapse because there were many ways around it.
Metro Shooting Supplies sold 50 assault style or tactical rifles on Monday. King said stores like his are struggling to order more from suppliers that are running short.
"We scoured the universe yesterday looking for more, and what do you know the prices went up," King said.
King said his cost for some guns shot up as much as $300 overnight. But he says customers are clamoring for more and willing to pay the higher prices. He believes some customers may be buying tactical rifles as an investment with plans to sell them for much higher prices if a ban goes into effect.