The Paris and San Bernardino attacks have fueled a surge in US gun sales, as Americans seek to protect themselves — and stock up in case lawmakers finally act to tighten firearms controls.

Since a Muslim husband and wife opened fire in California on December 2, killing 14 people and wounding 22 others, sales at the RTSP range in New Jersey — one of the largest centers in the northeastern United States — have surged 50 percent, according to one of its owners.

“We saw a spike after Paris and San Bernardino even more so,” Rick Friedman told AFP.

If gun purchases follow the same pattern as after previous mass shootings, Friedman said, sales will slow after several months.

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