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St. Louis-area gun shop owners see spike in sales after Colorado shooting

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Some gun shop owners in the St Louis area are seeing a spike in sales in the aftermath of the Colorado movie theater shooting.

The owner the Ultimate Defense Gun Range and Shop in St. Peters said he’s sold six AR-15’s similar to the one used by James Holmes in Friday’s deadly shooting.

“In the last five days there’s a tremendous spike in sales and interest in firearms and training spectrum across the board,” said Paul Basteen.

Basteen says certain types of ammunition are also flying off the shelves.

“Ammunition for specific type of guns that he used is drying up,” said Basteen. “We’re out of the 223 rounds he used for the rifle, .40 caliber ammunition is selling because people have a fear with this event supply may be limited.”

Talk of possible bans on certain weapons may be fueling some of the demand, but most shop owners agree that overall their customers are coming because they want protection.

“Oh for protection sure, no doubt about it,” Basteen said. “It has been, ‘you never know what’s going to happen and it’s a good idea to have concealed and carry.’”

Classes for gun safety and concealed carry are also filling up fast. At the shop in St. Peters and at Metor Shooting in Bridgeton classes are booked almost two months in advance.

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