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Guns and ammo sales jump locally | Preston Citizen

Guns and ammo sales jump locally

January 30, 2013


Citizen editor

Long before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, where a 20 year old killed 20 children and six adults, firearm sales and concealed weapons permits Franklin County were climbing.

Guns are getting hard to find and finding ammunition or ammunition-making supplies is even harder. The .223 round used in the AR-15 assault rifles is no longer on the shelf for easy picking. The rounds are hardest to find anywhere according to local gun dealers.

Claude Thiele tends the counter at Michael Sparks Place, a gun shop at 210 S. State in Preston.

Michael Sparks of Michael Sparks Place at 210 S. State St., buys and sells guns and ammunition. He said his business doubled when Barack Obama was elected and then doubled again when he was re-elected. After the shootings at Sandy Hook all of his AR-15 assault rifles were purchased, then his handguns started to sell. Now sales have plummeted because he has a hard time finding guns and ammunition.

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