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Customers pack Conn. gun stores after deal on laws

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Customers are packing gun stores around Connecticut, concerned about a bipartisan gun-control agreement reached by state lawmakers that will ban the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 new types of guns.

The parking lot at Hoffman’s Gun Center and Indoor Range in Newington was full Tuesday morning. Some drivers had to park on the lawn. Inside, customers waited in long lines to purchase what was left.

Nick Viccione, a gun owner from Wallingford, says people are loading up on ammunition and buying “anything semi-automatic.”

The General Assembly is to vote Wednesday on a wide-ranging bill that addresses the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. In a state with a rich gun manufacturing history, companies say they feel they’re being made into scapegoats. One is considering offers to relocate.

Associated Press

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