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Sales of assault-style rifles spikes in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Semi-automatic assault-style rifles are flying off the gun racks at gun stores in the Rochester area, after President Obama's call on Congress to "do something" to stop gun violence.

Many gun owners apparently aren't taking any chances that they'll still be able to buy weapons like the "Bushmaster" used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  Although authorities have not yet publicly disclosed the exact weapons used by Adam Lanza in the Newtown, Connecticut killings, it's reported to have been the Bushmaster .223 caliber M4 carbine.

At one Rochester gun store, there were reportedly more than three dozen assault-style rifles for sale two weeks ago, but now the inventory is down to six.

Mills Fleet Farm marketing manager Paul Gilbert says they've seen an increase in interest "on everything" in the firearms department at the south Rochester mega-store. 

One sales clerk says ever since the Connecticut massacre, assault-style rifles have been "selling like hotcakes" and the store had to bring in extra staffing to accommodate sales and interest.

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