Owners: Fear of new restrictions motivates buyers

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Federal and state officials saying something must be done to curb gun violence in the wake of the Dec. 14 deadly shootings in Connecticut triggered purchases of guns and ammunition at area stores this week.

“It’s been quite a spike,” Joe Hardesty of Acme Sports in ­Seymour said Friday of guns and ammunition sales. “Part of it is the holidays, but most of it is the talk on TV about gun control.”

President Barack Obama has said the nation must take action to reduce gun violence, and some Democrats and Republicans in Congress have expressed interest in looking at new legislation.

The Associated Press has reported some state lawmakers also are taking a closer look at guns. Some lawmakers would make sales tighter, but others would make it easier to arm teachers.

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