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Gun Sales Skyrocket Amid Fear Over Stricter Control

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — It’s happening across the country, including at EM and M Jewelry and Guns in Orange County.

Demands for stricter gun control laws and talk of reviving an expired ban on assault weapons has people swamping stores to buy weapons.

“The spike in business has doubled, tripled,” said Emily Atkinson, the Orange County store’s owner.

“People are not just afraid of some bad guy breaking in they’re scared they won’t have the right,” she said.

Atkinson said she sold $20,000 worth of guns and ammunition on Wednesday alone.

That’s happening as the massacre in Newtown, Conn. has spurred talk of reviving a ban on guns like the one used in the tragedy, a semi-automatic weapon that looks like a military machine gun.

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