Gun shop: Gun interest rising after Newtown massacre

Published On: Dec 19 2012 11:41:56 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 07:07:58 AM EST

Just a few days after gun violence killed 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Connecticut, local gun store owners said they have seen an increase in gun ownership interest.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Just hours after President Barack Obama called for a new review on assault weapons, Central Florida gun stores said they have seen more interest in gun ownership.

"Yesterday, we had more inquiries about, 'Do you have this? Do you have that? Can you get this? Can you get that?'" said Eileen Rieg, who owns a gun store and shooting range at 5512 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

Rieg said her store has yet to see an increase in sales directly related to the Newtown tragedy.

However, Rieg said she is waiting to see how the president's announcement might change gun laws and affect her business.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting reignited a national debate over gun control and Obama announced a task force to formulate ideas on how to reduce gun violence. He wants those ideas to come in a month.

"I will use all the powers of this office to help advance the efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said Obama.

Much of the focus has been on semiautomatic weapons, such as the Bushmaster AR-15 used by Adam Lanza to gun down 20 children and six adults at the school.

"I think military rifles should stay for the military," said Susan Pabon, whose relatives own guns and is considering buying one herself. "It's not for safety. I think if you own a rifle like that, it's more for power."

Pabon said she supports the Second Amendment, but thinks assault rifles should be banned. Even so, she thinks the focus should also be on mental health.

"I don't really think it's a gun control issue. I think that person had mental issues," said Pabon. "I think for the big rifles, they should put that under control more, but I think there's only so much you can do. Guns are always going to be out there."

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