The Times-Tribune

Retailers report a run on firearms

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California Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of widerangin­g gun control legislatio­n in July has triggered a run on firearms in the state, with some stores reporting sales have doubled since then.

Starting Jan. 1, the general public in California can no longer buy semiautoma­tic rifles equipped with bullet-buttons that allow for the quick removal and replacemen­t of ammunition magazines.

Guns purchased before Jan. 1 can be kept as long as the owners register them with the state as assault weapons.

As a result, sales of the long guns have at least doubled at many California gun stores, owners report.

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