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Gun Sales Rise Sharply as Ferguson Awaits Grand Jury Decision

By    |   Tuesday, 11 November 2014 06:31 AM

With a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case coming as soon as mid-November, gun sales in Ferguson, Missouri, are spiking.

If Officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the shooting death of Brown, who was unarmed but reportedly threatening, there could be another wave of violence in the city — and throughout the nation, for that matter — at the hands of protesters.

One gun shop in Ferguson, reports CNN, sold 100 guns over the weekend — 70 more than the typical amount.

The network also interviewed a business owner whose office is close to where protesters looted and vandalized buildings after the Aug. 9 shooting.

"I bring an extra gun now only because it has a bigger magazine," Dan McMullen, who owns an insurance company, told CNN. "So maybe I get trapped here or something and have to have a John Wayne shootout.

"That's the silly part about it: Is that going to happen? Not a chance. But I guess, could it? I'm the only white person here."

Meanwhile, the manager of a shooting range in Bridgeton, Missouri, told CNN that gun sales there are up by as much as 50 percent. And more people than usual are going to the range to practice shooting. The majority of that range's sales are shotguns, according to the report.

Wilson, who is white, claims Brown attacked him and he was forced to shoot the 18-year-old African-American. The racial component to the case touched off a firestorm of protests and riots, some of them violent. The violence has subsided, but protests still occur daily.

A grand jury decision is due by January, but it may come as early as this month.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent African-Americans called for Wilson to face federal charges in the case, while the other side contends that Brown attacked Wilson while he was still in his police cruiser before he was shot.

Official autopsy results released last month supported Wilson's claim that Brown was the aggressor. Evidence of Brown's blood in the cruiser also supported the police department's side of what happened.

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With a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case coming as soon as mid-November, gun sales in Ferguson, Missouri, are spiking.
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