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Gun control fears boost sales


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Gun sales at Monsoor's Sport Shop are increasing.

Roger Wendling, store owner, said people are trying to buy anything they think is going to be banned or taxed now.

He said Monsoor's is sold out of AR-15's and black guns are selling quickly too.

Wendling thinks that's because some people think a black gun looks like it will be banned compared to the same gun in a different color.

"The firearms aren't the problem, it's the people that are the problem. The wrong people doing the wrong stuff with, it doesn't matter what they're doing the wrong stuff with. They're doing it wrong."

In Wisconsin, licensed firearms dealers must call the Department of Justice's Background Check Hotline before selling a handgun.

The hotline has handled 60 percent more calls this year than it did for the same period last year.

After the election, he says, sales increase about 20 percent and after the shooting they increased by another 10-20 percent.

This after President Obama outlined a broad plan for changes in gun regulations after the shooting in Connecticut.

First proposals include banning the sales of military style assault weapons, high capacity magazines and requiring criminal background checks for all gun buyers by removing loopholes that cover some sales, such as at gun shows.

Obama assigned Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to come up with other concrete proposals, due no later than January. In addition to gun restrictions, Obama said Biden would consider how to improve access to mental health care and protect schools.

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