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In pictures: A look inside American gun shops

Gun owners talk about their firearms as the latest debate on gun control rages

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Kenny Brand of Blue Ridge Arsenal prepares a assault rifle for purchase in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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Gun enthusiast Patrick McMillion, 45, holds his concealed weapons permit at L & S Pistol Range in Caldwell, WV Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

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Gun enthusiast Patrick McMillion, 45, takes target practice at L & S Pistol Range in Caldwell, WV Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

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A gun shop in White Sulfur Springs, WV Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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A gun shop in White Sulfur Springs, WV Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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Customers browse the various guns at Antique & Modern Firearms in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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A customer fills out the appropriate paperwork as he purchases several guns at Antique & Modern Firearms in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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Sales associate Garry Mohr assists cutomers Meemee Win and Wai Naing at Antique & Modern Firearms in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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A poster hangs on the wall at Antique & Modern Firearms in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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Charles Layson of Antique & Modern Firearms shows off some of his rare firearms at his store in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012. He says the natinoal debate on gun control in the wake of the Newtown shootings is a good thing.

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Charles Layson of Antique & Modern Firearms, at his store in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday, December 20, 2012., Mr. Layson says he’s no problem with selling his guns to people who’ve never done anything wrong. He asks: “How much do you restrict the freedom of the majority in hopes of thwarting a criminal?”

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Charles Layson of Antique & Modern Firearms, at his store in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012, says there are some loopholes in the law, like the one that allows travelling gun shows to sell weapons without conducting a background check, but gun ownership is a right.

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Charles Layson of Antique & Modern Firearms shows off some of his rare Colt revolvers at his store in Lexington, Kentucky Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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Spend cartridges litter the floor at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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Kenny Brand of Blue Ridge Arsenal, left, assists brothers Tony Drosos, 32, and Peter Drosos, 30, with some of the firearms in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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A sales person prepares the paperwork for a sale at the Blue Ridge Arsenal shooting range in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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Various targets hang on display at the Blue Ridge Arsenal shooting range in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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Gun enthusiasts take target practice at the Blue Ridge Arsenal shooting range in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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A target is riddled with bullet holes at the Blue Ridge Arsenal shooting range in Chantilly, VA Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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