Gun sales rise following Conn. school shooting

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The school tragedy in Connecticut is apparently pushing people all across the country to buy more guns and Arizona is no exception.

"We have seen an influx of people coming in, making statements like, 'I've never even thought about owning a gun but I realize now no place is safe and I want to protect myself,'" said Cheryl Todd, owner of AZFIREARMS.COM. "We've seen three times the normal business since Friday."

Todd said it is couples and families coming in who are scared for their safety and also scared that some of these guns could soon be banned. For the most part these people are buying handguns, but co-owner Dan Todd said many people are looking at high-powered rifles too, afraid they may soon be banned.

"Sales have increased a little bit on the AR15," he said. "People are buying them to invest in them or they want to buy it while they still can."

While gun sales have increased at shops all across the Valley, two major retailers, Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods, announced they are pulling certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from their shelves.

It's a step not everyone believes is necessary.

"This is a great defense gun," Dan Todd said. "It's also used for hunting. Ranchers use them for coyotes. It's a great gun."

And while Dan Todd believes everyone has the right to bear arms, he doesn't necessarily think everyone should have a gun.

"We're the first line of defense," he said. "If we don't feel right about the customer we don't sell the gun, period."