Guns fly off shelves in Hastings

This March 27, 2006, file photo shows a Bushmaster AR-15
semi-automatic rifle and ammunition on display at the
Seattle Police headquarters in Seattle. An AR-15 was used
in a school shooting in Connecticut Friday.

Rifles, handguns and ammunition have been flying off the shelves at Hastings firearms dealers this week.

In the wake of Friday's Connecticut shooting in which a lone gunman entered a school and killed 26 people, including 20 children, firearms dealers across the country have experienced an increase in sales.

"People are paranoid that our big government is going to come and take them, so they're getting them before it happens," said Clark Williams, owner of downtown Hastings' Old Market Firearms, 713 W. First St.

Williams said in the last three days, he's sold out of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles like the one used in the school shooting, along with almost all the rest of his firearms and ammunition.

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