Gun sales in metro Atlanta jump after Orlando terror attack

Many people in Atlanta, including members of the LGBT community, are rushing to buy guns and arm themselves after the worst mass shooting in American history, according to one national group.

A gunman opened fire inside Pusle, a gay nightclub in Orlando, earlier this month, killing 49 and injuring 53.

The mass shooting has left many in the LGBT community feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Most of the Orlando shooting victims were of Hispanic or Latino origin and were gay.

The Pink Pistols, a national group geared toward gun advocacy for the LGBT community, says its membership is jumping by the day. The Atlanta chapter is organizing a meeting next week after the membership tripled since the Orlando shooting.

Metro Atlanta gun stores say AR-15s, the same assault weapon used in a terror attack in Orlando last week, are flying off the shelves.

A gun store in Cobb County says they have to restock military-style rifles by the dozens.

Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna reports selling 15 AR-15s an hour. The gun retailer says their norm is about four or five a day.

The store owner told Channel 2 Action News the current boost in sales is not just due to people seeking protection, but a fear that the AR-15 could soon be banned.

President Barack Obama has urged lawmakers to open a new debate over gun control restrictions in the wake of the Orlando killings.

An influential Georgia Democrat wants a new debate on legislation that would ban the type of assault rifle used to carry out the Orlando massacre.

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Ana Santos and Greg Bluestein contributed to this story.

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