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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

People have been rushing to buy guns in droves, in part due to the recent rash of mass shootings and President Obama's executive actions on gun control.

The Gun Depot in Dubuque is one of those stores experiencing more business.

"The sales have been real heavy, and a lot of those individuals, like I mentioned, are first time buyers, because they feel the need for a gun in their house," said Owner Ken Freiburger.

And because many of those buyers are first timers, he said there's been some confusion about the process when it comes to buying one.

Freiburger says it's pretty easy and very effective.

To buy a handgun, you must be 21 years old, obtain either a conceal and carry permit or a permit to acquire through your local sheriff's office, then present the permit along with a valid driver's license with a picture to the gun seller so they can verify you are the permit holder.

To buy a long gun, like a shotgun or rifle, you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license with a picture and pass a background check, usually run by the store owner.

For more in-depth information, visit http://dbqcosheriff.com/Divisions/civil/weapons.html.

Chief Deputy Greg Egan with the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says they've also seen an influx of permit applications, with more than 500 conceal and carry permit applications since the beginning of December.

A lot of that, he says, has to do with a law change in 2011 that saw a big influx of applications then.  Those permits are good for five years, and now many are being renewed.

No matter what the reason, he says there process is incredibly thorough, which helps keeps guns out of the hand of those who shouldn't be buying them.

Freiburger agrees.

"With the background check or the permit, it keeps the guns out of the felons hands. He can't come in here and buy a gun. Nope, it works," he said.

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