Dec 14, 2012 11:21 PM by Tony Spehar -

Local gun sales spike in wake of Connecticut school shooting

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut that left 27 people dead, including 20 children, gun sales have spiked in El Paso County as many believe stricter gun control laws may be passed in reaction to the tragedy.

Dragonman's guns saw a rush of customers as news of the mass shooting spread on Friday. Among those looking to buy an assault rifle was Joseph Lakatos, who said he decided to make a purchase after seeing public statements by President Obama and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in which both men hinted that a serious discussion about gun laws lay ahead for the state and the country.

"I've seen in the news that they're talking about having an assault weapons ban and I wanted to make sure I got my opportunity to buy an AK-47 before they did the assault ban," Lakatos explained, saying he was also affected by the shooting. "I was hurt personally, anytime someone uses a weapon against a person that's always a bad thing, it even makes it worse when you talk about little children."

An assault weapons ban has been discussed in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting and other mass shooting events. Mel Bernstein, owner of Dragonman's Guns, believes a ban is inevitable now.

"I have a feeling that this was the last straw," Bernstein said.

It seemed that many of Bernstein's customers on Friday believed the same thing.

"Just this morning nine guns were sold with this fella right here," Bernstein described pointing to Joseph Lakatos. "Because he figures after this he'll probably never be able to get one for at least ten years."

With many questioning the effectiveness of background checks and other current gun legislation after a year that's seen multiple mass shootings in the United States, it appears a heated debate about gun control lies ahead.

"The government is trying to do the best they can, but I hate to see all this stuff eliminated," Bernstein said, looking over a wall of rifles.

In a public address about the tragedy President Obama didn't specifically talk about gun control, only saying that it's time to take "meaningful action". However, lawmakers across the country made statements saying it's time for tougher gun control laws.



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