|Updated: 12/20/2012 3:34 pm
||Published: 12/19/2012 9:44 pm
Assault rifle are selling out faster than store owners can replace it in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
Gun owners say the shooting and possible gun restrictions on the horizon have prompted people to buy the guns.
"We've really been selling a lot of them the last few days," said Broken Arrow Gun Shop Owner Pat Johnston.
You could see just about every gun in his store Wednesday except an assault rifle. The store owner had just sold the last one.
"Folks are telling us they would like to get one before the restrictions," said Johnston.
He's sold 21 assault rifles in the past two days. Johnston says on average he usually only sells two to three a month. He says now people just want to be protected.
Ron Stevenson was one of those people looking for protection at the gun store. He couldn’t believe what happened nearly a week ago.
"I was mad,” said Stevenson, after he heard on the news children died in the school shooting Friday.
He says the school shooting was one of the worst things he's ever seen. However, he doesn't believe gun restrictions are the answer to eliminating gun violence.
"There are a lot of crazies out there,” Stevenson said. “That's what you want to do is protect yourself."
"If you don't have the means to protect yourself than you’re potentially you're at someone else's mercy," said
Neither man says they want to be that defenseless.
"I would be 100% for restricting gun ownership if there was a way we could keep the guns away from the bad guys," said Johnston.
He says in the past two days he's sold assault rifles to seven first time gun owners.