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Recent gun debate sparks rise in AR-15 Sales

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Some gun store owners in the St. Louis area say sales of AR-15's are rising as the national debate over gun control heats up. (Credit: KMOV) Some gun store owners in the St. Louis area say sales of AR-15's are rising as the national debate over gun control heats up. (Credit: KMOV)
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Some gun store owners in the St. Louis area say sales of AR-15's are rising as the national debate over gun control heats up.

At Ultimate Defense Shooting Range in St. Peters daily sales are now equaling what they normally would sell in a week.

"In the last three days we've sold 3 to 5 a day," says owner Paul Bastean.

Bastean says it’s no coincidence buyers are reacting to the sudden calls for gun control.

“It’s a younger dynamic than we’ve had in past events and I think social media plays a lot to that younger dynamic,” said Bastean.

Part of the reasons there are so many AR-15’s is because gun manufacturers overproduced them anticipating a Hilary Clinton presidential victory in 2016, Bastean said.

Prices for AR-15's can vary from around $400 to a couple of thousand dollars.

Calls for a ban of AR-15 are being raised after last week's school shooting in Florida that killed 17.

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