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Firearms increasingly top local holiday wish lists

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - They're not your typical door busters, but firearms are popular holiday purchases, including the busiest shopping day of the year.

Growing interest in hunting and political concerns are benefiting businesses that supply ammo and guns.

"A lot more people are getting interested in private protection and hunting. I've noticed that trend this year," said Mike Rogers from Miller Rod & Gun, Inc.

Rogers says his customers from both sides of the political aisle patronize his store on Youngstown-Poland Road. Since the election, he's says some buyers have been open about their concerns when it comes to gun laws.

"I have customers that are adamant Obama supporters and they're still pro-gun. But with some of the things that you read, everybody reads on the Internet and on the news, saying about gun bans and so forth some people are getting nervous," Rogers said.

One customer said politics don't play a part in why he's sure to have his family armed.  "Regardless, I'm going to own guns and the wife will have something, I'll have something, my son already has a gun," said Vince DePascale.

Business from Black Friday sales combined with the busy week for deer hunting season, which began Monday, and Roger says his store is seeing stronger sales compared to last year.

Deer hunting season in Ohio lasts through Sunday and hunters have two additional days, December 15 and 16 for shotgun hunting.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports hunters killed 24 percent more deer on the first day of deer gun season compared to last year.

Hunters in Ohio are only allowed to use handguns or shotguns when aiming at their desired targets.

To purchase a firearm, buyers only need to pass a federal background check; paperwork that Rogers says can be started in his store.

And the end result could mean a ready-to-load gift for under the tree.

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