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Published December 19, 2012, 09:10 PM

Guns selling out in wake of recent school shooting

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With talk of stricter gun control in the wake of the Newtown Connecticut school shooting, semi-automatic rifles and clips are selling out at stores.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With talk of stricter gun control in the wake of the Newtown Connecticut school shooting, semi-automatic rifles and clips are selling out at stores.

At Gun and Reel Sports in Jamestown, business is usually good this time of year.

But with talk of stricter gun laws, they've seen even more customers rushing in to snatch up semi-automatic rifles.

Gary Dockter, Co-Owner: "Something will probably come about, it needs to come about, so people are thinking that some of these guns are gonna go away. They're not gonna be available, so they're buying up what they can."

Calls to NICS for background checks have taken longer and longer to hear back from. A call that used to go through immediately can now take days to get a response.

Dockter: "A lot of that is hype, too. If people start buying ammunition, well, then the next guy buys a bunch, and he hears his neighbor's buying it and it just spreads."

In fact, they have now sold out of their entire stock of semi-automatic rifles.

They usually keep 10 or 12 on hand, re-stocking as they sell but manufacturers are also running behind trying to keep up with the demand.

One item that's been flying off the shelves is the ammunition for these service weapons. Shelves that were stocked just a week ago, even this morning, now there's only one left.

Landon Fischer, Sales Representative: "A lot of our suppliers for ammunition are back-ordered in excess of months."

And customers continue to call or drop in to see what is available.

We tried contacting several other area gun-suppliers, including Scheels and Gander Mountain, but they declined to comment.

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