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Assault Rifles Pile Up as Gun-Law Gridlock Crimps Smith & Wesson

For years, Mainstreet Guns & Range couldn’t sell assault rifles fast enough.

About the time President Barack Obama took office, buyers flocked to the store in Lilburn, Georgia, to stock up because of concern that federal lawmakers would tighten gun laws, a worry that only grew after the 2012 Connecticut school massacre. Now, with the political impetus waning for new restrictions, the rush for firearms is ebbing too.