Navy Yard Shooting Could Trigger More Iowa Gun Sales

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

A gun owner fires his gun in a shooting range in Northern Johnson county Wednesday (MARK CARLSON/KCRG-THE GAZETTE)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — It’s not clear how the recent mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. will impact local gun sales, but the Johnson County sheriff says mass shootings have a history of increasing gun permit requests at his office.

“We saw a spike after the Sandy Hook (shooting),” Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said. “We have yet to see that this time.”

That might be because people who fear gun control already have obtained gun permits after recent mass shooting events, Pulkrabek said.

Local gun shops saw large spikes in business after the shooting at Sandy Hook last winter.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated that an AR-15 rifle was used in the Navy Yard mass shooting. We apologize for the mistake.

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