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Firearms are top sellers at pawn shops this holiday season

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Jason Scheffield, Dawson Road Pawn Shop Owner Jason Scheffield, Dawson Road Pawn Shop Owner
Steven Drew, Georgia Loan and Gun Owner Steven Drew, Georgia Loan and Gun Owner
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As shoppers look for the best holiday bargains, many of you are turning to pawn shops.      Owners say sales are strong and guns are a top seller this holiday season.

Holiday shoppers are pouring into pawn shops looking for that special gift or something for themselves. Owners say sales have been strong since Black Friday.  

"It was a good kickoff, the weather was right the people were in the right mood. I mean all around it was a good time," said Jason Scheffield, Owner.  

Electronics and firearms are two of the most popular items this holiday season at pawn shops.

"Handgun sales are strong, we sale a lot of items on the Internet, we sell a lot on web sites and on e-bay," said Steven Drew, Owner.    

But to purchase a handgun, there are several requirements you must meet.  

"For handguns you must be 21 years of age, not a convicted felon, proof that you reside in the state and you have to pass a background check," said Drew.    

The minimum age to purchase a rifle or shotgun is 18.  No matter what kind of gun you're buying, you must bring a proper state-issued I. D.  

"For handguns you must be a resident or show proof that you reside in the state of Georgia that's only for handgun purchases.  For long guns you can be a resident of other states but there are some other paperwork involved and have a state I. D. from that state as well," said Drew.    

Owners are also offering irresistible deals on jewelry.    

"We specialize in jewelry, we run big sales on jewelry and you can save up to at least half if not more off a lot of the jewelry that you are looking for." said Scheffield.  

Because crime increases during the holiday season, owners have several security measures set up in their stores to protect their merchandise.  

"We have bars on the windows, bars on the doors, we put a lot of our more expensive merchandise up at the end of the day," said Scheffield.    

Owners hope sales will continue to increase as the holiday season goes on.

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