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Gun sales double at one local firearms store

WAUSAU (WAOW)-- "Even just between November and December we've had probably double the sales," said Jim Clark, manager at Central Wisconsin Firearms. He told Newsline 9 the store has seen a spike in sales since the concealed carry law took effect.

"We've had a lot of people coming in buying guns, buying ammo taking our concealed carry courses," he said.

Full courses and a busy store. Clark said the shop has sold more than 300 guns since November, up significantly from previous months. He said even long-time gun owners are coming in to buy.

"So now they're coming in to buy guns because they are realizing that the gun they had doesn't work for concealed carry."

And some new numbers show more people are buying firearms. According to the FBI, almost half a million instant criminal background checks for gun ownership were done in the last six days before Christmas. The one-day record for background checks was set this year on Black Friday.

But not everyone is happy with the new law. 

"It's good to have a background check and it's good that you have to go through the training course but I think it's unsafe for us," said Dorchester resident Jessica Thompsen. She said she wouldn't carry a gun. "I have two small children at home so I wouldn't even want that in the house."

Concealed carry has generated plenty of debate throughout the year, but others argue the law is making the state safer. 

"I think that it's a good idea to be able to protect yourself," said Wausau resident Leah Spaulding.

Clark said the people carrying concealed weapons aren't the problem. "It's the people who can't get a concealed carry that are carrying anyway that we have to worry about."

As for his business, Clark said his main goal is safety for everyone who carries.

Illinois is now the only state without a concealed carry law on the books.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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