Gun stores all over Connecticut were packed Tuesday, one day before lawmakers were expected to vote on a sweeping package of laws that would ban military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
"They're insane. I've never seen them so busy before," shopper Shari Reilly, who bought up several high-capacity magazines, told NBC Connecticut.
Gov. Dannel P. Molloy, a Democrat, has said he will sign what could be "the toughest law passed anywhere in the country" -- if it gets through the legislature.
Connecticut would become the latest of a handful of states - following Colorado and New York - to enact strict new gun-control legislation after the mass shootings in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and Newtown, Conn., shool. President Obama was scheduled to speak in Colorado on Wednesday to push new federal laws.
Gun manufacturers, ammunition makers and gun store owners in Connecticut have said their businesses will be threatened if a stringent new gun control bill becomes law.
"I feel like we have one foot being pushed out the door," Mark Malkowski, the owner of AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms, told NBC Connecticut. He said his company has received nearly two dozen incentive-laden offers to move out of the state.
"They're really good offers," Malkowski said. "They are offering tax abatements, they're offering to build you a factory."
A Connecticut gun store employee who asked not to be identified told NBC News that his store is selling five times the usual amount. "When your governor is threatening to take away your guns, what do you think is going to happen?" he said.
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