Customers Rush to Gun Stores to Ease Fears After San Bernardino Shooting

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Frank Cobet of Get Loaded in Grand Terrace shows a customer a AR-15 rifle. store in Grand Terrace. The store's owner estimated that business at his store increased 25 percent since last week, and that he had more than the usual number of women customers. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

After Gun Boss Armory opened for business Monday morning in a Redlands strip mall, Matt Nicholson was among those who walked through the door.

“I’ve never owned a gun before,” Nicholson told an employee behind the counter who handed him a silver Beretta handgun from a display case.

Nicholson, a 23-year-old Redlands resident, said he had thought about buying a firearm in the past. But the attack that claimed 14 lives Wednesday at a San Bernardino social services center — 5 miles from Gun Boss Armory — made him decide to buy a gun.

“It was a little too close to home,” he said.

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