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Gun sales soar locally, across state

1:32 AM, Dec. 29, 2012
Jess Yenter, Rosholt, holds up a shotgun as he checks it out Friday at Central Wisconsin Firearms in Wausau. He is accompanied by his son, Owen Yenter, also of Rosholt. They were at the store to pick up a pistol Jess had purchased and were browsing other guns before getting the pistol.
Jess Yenter, Rosholt, holds up a shotgun as he checks it out Friday at Central Wisconsin Firearms in Wausau. He is accompanied by his son, Owen Yenter, also of Rosholt. They were at the store to pick up a pistol Jess had purchased and were browsing other guns before getting the pistol.
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Gun sales already appeared to be inching up in Wisconsin this year before this month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in which a man shot and killed 20 children and six adults.

Then, according to gun shops in Wausau and across the state, sales shot up even more.

Frederick Prehn, owner of Central Wisconsin Firearms in Wausau, said sales have been nearly 10 times his store's average in the two weeks since the shooting, and his store is selling semi-automatic weapons and handguns as fast as it can stock them. ...

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