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Gun Control Controversy Sparks Demand Hike in New Orleans

Posted: Jan. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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Julie Dermansky

Many gun enthusiasts expect the government to come soon after their guns, and this speculation has caused a surge in demand for the presumably soon-to-be-banned assault rifles in New Orleans. AR-15's are flying off shelves as citizens get them while they're still able. Local gun dealers are happy, not just for the increased sales, but that individuals are taking steps to ensure their ability to defend themselves.

In the wake of the second-largest mass shooting in America, business was booming at a gun show in Kenner, Louisiana. The Kenner gun show's popularity has risen, with 1,000 more visitors this year than last, and sales are up. Some shoppers expressed concerns that new gun control legislation might be passed and said they were buying their weapons while they still could. The AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle like the one Adam Lanza used in the Newton, Connecticut, massacre, was the most popular weapon sold at this year's show.

 

As of now, the National Rifle Association has not commented on the Newton shootings. But the people I met at the gun show, many of whom were wearing NRA-branded gear, were happy to explain their take on gun control.

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