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Gun sales were swift in the Twin Cities area immediately after the elementary school shooting in Connecticut that left 26 dead, including 20 children, the Pioneer Press reports.

In Anoka County on Monday, the first full business day since the Connecticut shooting, 36 people applied for permits to carry a gun – a record day, the newspaper reports. Gun sales since the shooting in Newtown, Conn., also have been significantly up in Hennepin, Washington and Dakota counties, the Pioneer Press says. Sales were relatively flat in Ramsey County.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that gun sales have increased nationwide, too, CNBC reports.

What drives the swift sales? The leading theory: Buyers are worried policymakers will limit their access to weapons.

"They come in because they fear lawmakers are going to punish law abiding people for the actions of law breakers," Andrew Rothman, vice president of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, tells KARE 11.

President Barack Obama plans to announce an effort to curb gun violence, the Associated Press reports.

The Connecticut shooting has prompted renewed discussion in Minnesota and nationwide about whether new gun laws are needed.

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., who has had high ratings from gun-industry group the NRA, is reconsidering his opposition to bans on assault weapons, MPR reports.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the shooting marked yet another mass shooting in a tragic year of such events, but the attacks have long been a part of U.S. history, and the shootings are not happening much more often than usual, some experts say.

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