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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 29, 2016)  - Gun purchases increased dramatically on and after Black Friday, and now sales of gun silencers are surging. The technical term for a silencer is a suppressor.

Gun shops owners around Indianapolis say they're seeing an uptick in suppressor sales.

"Last month we probably sold two or three suppressors, this month we've probably had six," said Brian Ludlow, owner of Indy Trading Post.

The reason, Ludlow points to, is President Obama's January 4 decision to tighten the grip on gun regulations. In July, the ability to purchase a suppressor will include more paperwork, especially for those who apply through a trust.

"He's come out with the executive orders, and that's changed requiring here and in the future. It's going to require everyone named in a trust to go through a background check."

Background checks are currently not a requirement for those suppressor applicants within a trust. However, that will change starting in July.

"We've definitely seen an increase in the number of people requesting trusts," said Attorney Guy Relford. He says clients are deliberately coming into his office for trusts now, before the law changes.

The U.S. Department of Justice noted an increase in trust applications over the last several years. Between 2000 and 2006, there were just 45 trust applications processed. In 2014, the number surged to 36,000. That is an 80,000 percent increase.

Both gun shop owners and attorneys agree, the new law won't make it easier to get a gun-- it may just take longer.

"It's important to know that current law still regulates who can possess firearms," said Relford. "Having a trust doesn't get you around those laws."

Time will tell if suppressor sales will plateau or continue climbing. Gun shop owners say they're thinking the latter.

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