7/25/2012

Gun sales in Colorado dramatically jump after Movie Theater attack

From the Denver Post:
Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning's shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they're also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit. "It's been insane," Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, said Monday. When he arrived at work Friday morning — just hours after a gunman killed 12 and injured 58 others at the Century Aurora 16 theater — there already were 15 to 20 people waiting outside the store, Meyers said. He called Monday "probably the busiest Monday all year" and said the basic firearms classes that he and the store's owner teach are booked solid for the next three weeks, something that hadn't happened all year. . . .
Gun sales also apparently rise in other places.
Gun sales across the state are spiking in the wake of the Aurora movie massacre, and Florida is on its way to becoming the first in the nation to reach one million concealed weapons permits. . . .
State numbers also increased. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were 2,386 concealed weapons background checks run on the Friday after the shootings, up 14 percent from the week before. . . .
Florida tops the nation with an estimated 950,000 active concealed weapons permits, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Between 10,000 and 12,000 permits are issued in Florida each month, and the state is on its way to becoming the first in the nation to reach one million active permits. . . . 
NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

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