Gun sales surge in Arizona following shooting

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PHOENIX – Gun stores in Arizona are reporting an increase in the sale of firearms and gun accessories in the wake of Saturday's shooting massacre in Tucson. 

Several gun stores report the largest increase in demand has come from the sale of  high-capacity, 33-round magazine's simlar to the the one used in Saturday's attack.  A number of online gun retailers list the magazines as sold-out or on back-order.

Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged shooter, reportedly used a Glock 9 mm pistol with a 33-round magazine in the attack that killed 6 and wounded 14 others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Greg Wolff of Glockmeister, a Mesa gun shop that specialzes in Glock handguns, said sales of the 33-round magazine doubled the day after the shooting.

Wolf said some cusomers have expressed concern that the sale of high-capacity magazines could become illegal.  “It's because people get nervous...about them banning certain magazines that are high-capacity," said Wolf. 

That concern likely stems from the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which made it illegal to manufacture new magazines with more than a 10-round capacity for semi-automatic pistols. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired on Septemer 13, 2004 as a part of the law's sunset provision.

Wolff said he has already resupplied his inventory of 33-round magazines this week and expects to sell out again.