St. Louis Area Gun Stores See Sales Spike

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | August 14, 2014 | 2:24 PM EDT

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that gun stores have been busy in the area as residents react to the violent events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri.

Metro Shooting owner Steve King tells the Business Journal, he has been “unbelievably busy” at his Bridgeton gun store. Claiming business has spiked 50 percent in recent days.

“We’ve sold a variety of handguns, shotguns and AR-15s,” King said. “All of the sales are having to do with home defense.”

In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo, handguns are displayed. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

“Usually it’s pretty slow through the summer, but this has been a huge spike for business,” King said. “People are hunkering down because those events are taking place too close to their own home ... in some cases, a half a mile away.”

King isn’t alone in his claims, the owner of Mid America Arms in St. Louis also estimated his sales are up 50 percent when compared to a typical day in August.

H/T St. Louis Business Journal

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