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As more guns are taken off RI streets, sales are up too

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By Abbey Niezgoda

The day after bullets fly through three homes in Providence, ABC 6 took a closer look at the gun trends in Rhode Island.

Bullet holes riddle the houses on Comstock Avenue and the suspect is still on the loose. No one was injured, but four young children were inside when the shots were fired Wednesday night. One of the bullets went right through the couch they were sitting on.

"How scary it was," Olive Payne said. "I was just picturing my baby lying on the floor and all of the cotton was coming out."

Payne is so frustrated with the gun violence, she is filling out forms to move. At the same time, Providence police say they have been taking record numbers of guns off the streets, 121 so far in 2012.

However, according to the FBI, gun sales are also on the rise, both in Rhode Island and nationwide. There have been 3,000 more background checks for gun permits this year as opposed to last.

While many spend time selling guns the right way with the right permitting, Payne cannot help but wonder how a gun ended up in the hands of whoever shot the bullet that almost hit her children.

"After police take the guns, what next?" Payne asked. "The same thing that happened, will it happen again? I don't want to answer that question for them."

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