Gun sales up in La Crosse area

Published On: Dec 24 2012 02:42:45 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 24 2012 02:42:38 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The recent shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has reignited the debate on gun control laws and has sent gun sales soaring.

Many places are selling out of assault rifles and ammunition. ACE Hardware in La Crosse says they've seen a spike in gun sales, including rifles, shotguns and pistols.

For many gun owners, the talks of banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines have them buying what they can while they can.

"I wouldn't be in a hurry to go and buy things if I thought I could purchase them down the road, but the fact of the matter is I'm concerned that I'm not going to be able to so, I'm going to buy them things while I can,” said gun owner Mark Krueger.

ACE Hardware says the conceal carry law helped boost gun sales as well. But along with sales, they saw more people are also taking classes to educate themselves about gun safety.