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Political talk of gun bans drives up gun sales in Houston

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Athena Gun Club's showroom looks more like a high-end clothing store than a place to buy and shoot guns.

That's why the business has become a favorite spot for seasoned gun owners as well as first-time buyers.

Now that gun control is at the top of President Barack Obama's domestic agenda, more people are coming to businesses like this one, apparently thinking a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines is just around the corner.

"Obviously, it's good business for us," said Gready Hunter, president of Athena Gun Club.  "People are probably just scared.  It would be like if they said we're going to ban 4-wheel drive trucks tomorrow, everyone would bust out and buy 4-wheel drive trucks tomorrow."

So what's flying off the shelves here and at other gun shops as well?

"AR 15-style rifles, high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic handguns," Hunter said.

Ryan Terry, who is looking to buy a new gun, is concerned about all the talk in Washington regarding newer, stricter gun control measures.

"Do I think some of it is necessary to a certain degree, but I don't believe it's an all or nothing type deal," Terry said.  "I think there are some things that can be done to help but I think if we eliminate everything, I think we'll have a much bigger problem on our hands."

While most Americans seem to favor more stringent requirements to purchase weapons, some fear other issues behind recent mass shootings are going to fall by the wayside.

"It's not just the guns," said Hunter.  "What if they went into the theater with a hammer you can't blame the object it's obviously the behavior."

"I think it comes down to general awareness," Terry said.  "Me and you and everyone else needs to be aware of what's going on and pay attention."

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