ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Fear of the unknown about what could happen with gun laws is driving people to gun shops nationwide.
"It's just been crazy, absolutely crazy. If I had to guess I'd say between five and ten times the business some days," Frontiersman Gun Shop owner Kory Krause said Tuesday night.
It all adds up with permit to purchase numbers spiking all over the Metro.
In Hastings, permits to purchase are triple what they were at this same time last year. In St. Paul, the numbers are more than double. Carver County says it has seen the same, double. And in Ramsey County, 236 permits to purchase have been issued since Dec. 20. The county says that is the amount of permits it used to do in six months, not one.
All of those numbers went up just days after Adam Lanza opened fire and killed 20 children and six adults last December in Newtown, Connecticut.
Krause says anytime shootings like that happen people come to his shop in droves.
"In the last 30 days we did, we sold well over 1,000 guns," Krause said.
One gun in particular he can hardly keep in stock, nor can any other gun shop in the country.
The Bushmaster AR 15, the exact make and model used by Adam Lanza in Newtown.
"They want it because they are afraid they are not going to be able to have it," Krause said.
What is also happening with this rush of demand is a strain on supply.
So guns can be sold today at prices far beyond what they were two months ago.
"AR's, AR 15 rifles are selling for, some of them, as much as five times as what they were selling for before," Krause said.
The same goes for ammo. A $5 box is selling for $20 on many gun websites. That's how much people want to get it. They are paying, whatever price is asked.
Up front, even before they legally able to take the gun home, the demand is peaking.
"I have a back room full of guns, hundreds back there on layaway waiting. People already paid for them but they are waiting for the permit to come," Krause said.
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