ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After recent mass shootings and terror attacks, South Georgia gun dealers say more customers are buying assault rifles.
County judges expect a jump in the number of people applying for carry permits before 2016 arrives.
Dawson Road Pawn's owner says they have seen an increase in customers looking at guns for protection over the last week, and especially for assault-style rifles.
"[They're buying] home defense weapons, assault rifles, shotguns, a lot of smaller pistols, and more concealable kinds of pistols and stuff like that," said Owner Jason Sheffield.
Christmas tends to bring an increase of gun sales in South Georgia, but usually it's firearms for hunting.
After the terrorist mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, South Georgians are buying more protection firearms.
President Barack Obama brought up the issue of gun control after the latest attacks.
"We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino," Obama said. "I know there are some who reject any gun safety measures."
But gun dealers say they expect sales to rise again following the President's call for new gun control laws.
"Anytime they mention that, it definitely sparks an increase in traffic," said Sheffield. "I got two or 3 yesterday on my day off work."
Sheffield said he expects to order more assault weapons soon, because demand and sales are high.