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Gun shop owner says sales increase after Boston bombing

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The owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna says his number of customers has increased by up to 200 people daily since the Boston bombings (Photo by Paul Yates/myfoxatlanta) The owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna says his number of customers has increased by up to 200 people daily since the Boston bombings (Photo by Paul Yates/myfoxatlanta)
SMYRNA, Ga. -

A Cobb County firearms dealer is seeing an increase in customers following the Boston bombings.

Owner Eric Wallace of Adventure Outdoors says his number of customers has increased by up to 200 people daily since the Boston bombings.

"Any time that there is a tragedy like that, the American people are attacked, it seems that they want to flock to the gun stores and buy more ammunition and firearms to protect themselves and what they have," said Wallace.

One family came to the store to help Barbara Brooks decide on a gun for self-protection. She cites recent events as a motivating force in her decision to purchase a gun.

"We never know where it's going to happen. It could be in our own neighborhood, our own school. And I am not that far from a school. I just need the protection. I feel like I need the protection," Brooks said.

Sales of firearms initially soared after the Newtown, Conn. school shootings and the ultimately unsuccessful attempt in Washington to expand background checks for gun purchases.

Stores have been working to re-stock shelves with guns and ammunition.

"Business has picked up again, so we'll go out and try to buy, you know, more ammunition and firearms from all of our factories and distributors," Wallace.

Gwinnett County Probate Court says that more than 4,000 gun permit applications have come in so far this year. That's more than half of the number for all of 2012.

Gwinnett County government has approved hiring temporary workers to help process the  unprecedented number of firearms' permits.

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