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Las Vegas costume shop changes weapon display after mass shooting

Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 13:59:25-04

Costume shops and Halloween stores across the Las Vegas valley continue to sell toy guns after last week's mass shooting.  However, at least one local store is making some changes.  

"We want to make sure that it's not offensive to anyone," says Mark Salls, the general manager of Star Costume.  

Last Sunday, shooter Stephen Paddock killed nearly 60 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. 

Immediately after it happened, Salls made the decision to move any costume and theatrical weapons towards the back of the store, or lock them in the backroom completely. 

"We put them in the back in cabinets, so we had to physically go and get them," says Salls.  

Even prosthetics and makeup for bullet wounds were moved to the very bottom row, out of eye level.  

As a long time Vegas local, Salls says he's grieving along with the rest of the city, and he didn't want his store to make any of his customers uncomfortable. 

"It's been a very emotional time for us," says Salls.