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Gun stores in St. Louis area see a spike in sales

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Gun sales have spiked at several metro area gun stores in the wake of rioting and looting in Ferguson and disturbances at a few stores in other locations.

Mid America Arms in South County reported that firearm sales were up by about 50 percent on Tuesday.

Customers are loading up on semi-automatic handguns and shotguns, said Al Rothweiler, one of the owners.

More women than usual were shopping for guns on Tuesday, the first day the store was open this week, he said.

“The things that have gone on (locally) have made people act,” Rothweiler said. He said he was glad that business was good, “but I don't like selling on fear.”

At Bull's Eye on Manchester Road in St. Louis, sales were up “a little bit,” an employee said.

At Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton sales are “through the roof,” said John Stephenson, a general manager.

He said the sales spike began on Sunday, the day after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson.

“Sales have been absolutely amazing for three days,” he added.

Michael Sorkin is a reporter for the Post-Dispatch. Follower him on Twitter at @bymichaelsorkin

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