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Gun sales on the rise in St. Louis area in aftermath of Orlando shooting

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Local gun shop owners told News 4 a belief that gun laws may change in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting is spurring a spike in demand for firearms.

Steve King, who owns Metro Shooting in Belleville, said lots of people are coming in to try out guns and then buy them.

“We sold a lot of ARs yesterday, we sold a bunch of handguns, personal defense handguns and then people were stockpiling ammunition,” said King.

One customer in Metro Shooting said he was there Thursday to buy an M&P15 made by Smith and Wesson, which is a semi-automatic assault style rifle.

“With the talk of a possible gun ban, I know they will be extremely hard to find in a week or two,” said Rich Fehrenbach, customer.

King said many customers are of a similar sentiment and believe some type of gun restrictions may become law soon.

“I’ve got every distributor in the country that we deal with and every single one is sold out of the AR-15 and AK-47,” said King.

King said even regular handguns will be sold out soon.

“If trends go the way we think, they’re going to go by the middle of the July and there will not be any to purchase,” said King.

King believes gun manufacturers will not be able to catch up with demand until August.

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