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Hoosiers concerned over potential new gun laws

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Lawmakers began a new session of Congress with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, still fresh in their minds - inspiring a new push to pass gun laws that could prevent another tragedy.

Eyewitness News has learned that the political conversation in Washington, DC is impacting the gun business here in Indiana.

Indianapolis resident Jeff Barlow is in the market for a new pistol. "I was kinda surprised," said Barlow, who is worried what lawmakers may do in 2013.  He already has three guns right now, but feels compelled to arm himself with another.

"I think a lot of people are scared that they will be outlawed. I don't think that is right. People are worried about home security," said Barlow.

"It has become scary for dealers. It's a nationwide problem. We can't restock," Beech Grove Firearms store owner Greg Burge told Eyewitness News.

Burge explained that manufacturers cannot keep up with orders, "The industry has never seen it like that."

Burge said potential legislation on Capitol Hill isn't exactly good for business, and is concerned about stand-alone gun stores that do not have other income revenues, like the gun range "It depends on what the politicians do," he said.

On their first day back, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced nearly a dozen bills related to gun violence.

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