As Ferguson businesses work to reopen, gun store traffic spikes

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Several St. Louis-area stores say gun sales have picked up following unrest in Ferguson. | Photo courtesy of kcdsTM/ Flickr

As some of the Ferguson businesses struck by looters Sunday night remained closed on Tuesday, several others reopened their doors. And another group of St. Louis-area businesses, gun stores, have seen a spike in activity.

Mid America Arms in South County reported firearm sales were up by about 50 percent on Tuesday. At Bull’s Eye on Manchester Road in St. Louis, sales were up “a little bit,” an employee said. At Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton sales are “through the roof,” a general manager said.

This follows Saturday’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police. Riots and looting broke out in the St. Louis suburb over the weekend, and unrest has continued since.

Gov. Jay Nixon flew into town unannounced on Tuesday to attend a forum at Christ the King Church in Florissant. There, Nixon joined other public officials, including the mayors and police chiefs of St. Louis and Ferguson, to talk with residents about Brown’s death and concerns they have.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV

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