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Talk of assault rifle ban increases gun sales in Lubbock

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In a press conference Monday, President Obama said later this week they will announce a plan to pursue gun-control legislation. Local gun shops say this will only increase gun sales more as people worry about future bans.

"What you can count on is things I've said in the past," Obama said. "The belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them, an assault weapons ban that is meaningful… those are the things I continue to believe make sense."

Obama says he isn't sure all these measures will pass this Congress, but he did say he is looking into executive orders that would allow him to take action himself on some of the gun control items.

Chris Bennett with Lubbock's Sharp Shooters says business has been nonstop the last few months and it's all driven by people afraid their Second Amendment rights will be taken away. "It's just been one person after the other coming thought the door," he said. "It's been crazy. Everybody's been coming in buying high-capacity handguns, high-capacity long guns, shot guns and anything semi-automatic."

Sales have shot up 300% compared to this time last year, and it's one of the first times their racks are continually empty. Their ammunition is selling so fast that Sharp Shooters has to limit customers to only two magazines.

"We are extremely low on everything ammunition. You can't even reorder anymore," Bennett said. "We don't want people buying us out of everything right off the bat so we are limiting them."

Bennet says with Obama's announcement Monday of his support for an assault rifle ban, even more people will rush out to stock up on guns and ammo. "They're worried. No one wants their gun rights taken away," Bennett said.

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