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Handgun sales slowing at some KOTA Territory gun shops

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Not too long ago handguns were flying off the shelves.

"The big push was in December, before Christmas and then pretty much sold everything.  Probably the end of January, it sort of tapered just a little," said David Todd, the owner of The Sports Lure in Buffalo.

The higher sales at stores like The Sports Lure were likely a result of the gun control talk that swept the nation.

"They were scared to death," said Todd.

During the end of 2012 and the early part of this year The Sports Lure sold about three times as many firearms as normal.

"The gun sales have softened a little but we're still selling a lot of rifles; not a lot of handguns, but a lot of rifles," said Todd.

The decline in sales is may be due to gun owners becoming less worried about Congress passing legislation that would make it harder to purchase or sell firearms.

"We're still a little ways from it.  I think it will happen someday.  I don't think it'll matter a lot because there's so many guns out there," said Wesley Wall, a gun owner from Gillette.

Firearms companies certainly feel appreciated in the Cowboy State.

Governor Matt Mead announced Thursday that HiViz Shooting Systems, which makes firearm accessories, will move its core operations to Laramie.

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