Economy & Business
12:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Gun Sales Up in PA

Pennsylvanians are lining up to buy firearms in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings, but dealers say gun owners' anxiety over a potential gun-control crackdown was driving up sales before the Sandy Hook massacre.

At Staudt's Gun Shop in Harrisburg, owner Joe Staudt says he sold out his usually large stock of semi-automatic weapons by Wednesday.

Staudt says the surge in firearms purchases reflects buyers' desire for personal protection and a reaction by gun owners to high-profile calls for new gun-control measures. He says any discussion about gun control must include provisions to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.

Sheriffs around the state report a sharp increase in applications for permits to conceal a handgun or carry one in a vehicle.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.