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AK-47 sales surge, some NC gun dealers report

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Fuquay Gun is one of several firearms dealers reporting increased AK-47 sales in the last few days. Fuquay Gun is one of several firearms dealers reporting increased AK-47 sales in the last few days.
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. -

Some North Carolina firearms dealers say sales of semi-automatic AK-47 rifles are surging amid concerns of a possible shortage of Russian-made versions.

At Fuquay Gun in Fuquay-Varina, owner Clay Ausley said he could run out of the rifles in the next two to three days as hunters and collectors snatch up his remaining inventory.

"Hopefully we can keep them on the rack for the next few days and at that point, we don't know," Ausley said.

He said the spike started last week after President Barack Obama announced economic sanctions against Russia, targeted to impact Moscow politicians, energy firms, banks and arms dealers.

"What we are expecting is that the Russian leadership will see once again that its actions in Ukraine have consequences, including a weakening Russia economy and increasing diplomatic isolation," President Obama said on Wednesday.

The sanctions are punishment for Russia's continued presence in Ukraine. The sanctions also pre-dated the Malaysia Airlines disaster there, where Russian-backed separatists are accused of shooting down a passenger plane.

Gun dealers worry that running out of Russian-made AK-47s could cause a spike in prices for American versions.

Ausley said the rifles start selling for around $500.

WNCN called several other gun dealers as well who all say they have seen increased interest in AK-47s, but Russia is not the only country that manufactures them and at least one dealer told WNCN that people's concerns might be overblown.

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