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Buyers flood US gun shops amid fears of regulations

As Biden readies proposal, sales of weapons rise

As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joe Biden will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are rising sharply in the United States as people rush to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed.

People were crowded five deep at the tiny counter of a gun shop near Atlanta, where a pastor from Knoxville, Tenn., was among the customers who showed up in person after the store’s website halted sales because of low inventory. Emptying gun cases and bare shelves gave a picked-over feel to gun stores in many states.

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