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Ahead of grand jury announcement, gun sales rise

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The owner of a gun store in Bridgeton said sales at his store have increased because of fear of possible unrest that may take place when the Grand Jury in the Michael Brown case announces its decision.

Steven King, the owner of Metro Shooting Supplies, said sales began to rise when rumors began to spread that the Grand Jury’s decision would be announced November 7.

“Friday morning (Nov. 7) it was at a fevered pitch and this entire weekend we’ve sold over 100 guns in three days. This is very abnormal,” King said.

When unrest occurred in the immediate aftermath of Brown’s shooting, King said sales were 10 times higher than normal. According to King, most of the buyers lived in - or close to - Ferguson. King said sales are currently three times higher than usual, but buyers are coming from all over.

“With all the rumors on the internet, they are saying every neighborhood is unsafe, there is a possibility of a strike in any neighborhood,” King said.

King also said private shooting lessons and classes are booked through January 1.

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