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Assault rifles in high demand

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The red tags on the assault rifles at local gun shop, Taylor and Vadney, mean they are all sold. Owner Pat Popolizio tells NEWS10 the military style semi-automatic assault rifles, similar to the one used by the gunman in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, have been in high demand with people concerned the weapons might not be available much longer.

The tragedy in Newtown has reignited the national debate on gun control. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama tasked his administration with creating concrete proposals to reduce gun violence.

"People are concerned they're going to take their right away, of having it," Popolizio explains about the high-demand of weapons.

Popolizio says the Bushmaster .233, which the shooter in Newtown used, has been difficult to keep in stock. He would not say exactly how many he's sold, but said the customer market for the gun might surprise you. "There are a lot of Military people that want a weapon that they've been trained on, that resembles what they've been trained on," he says.

Peter Friguletto, a customer of Popolizio's, owns an assault rifle and explains what he uses it for. "I use it for target practice, and that's it."

High capacity magazines, like the one used by the Newtown gunman, are also flying off store shelves, again out of concern they could be banned. Friguletto says he remains divided on the need for them.

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