Gun Sales rocket in the US

Stuff.co.nz

In the wake of the Colorado shootings gun sales have rocketed in the US as people fear that politicians will move to restrict their 2nd Amendment Rights:

Firearms sales in the United States are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie theatre massacre as buyers express fears that anti-gun politicians may use the shootings to seek new restrictions on owning weapons.

In Colorado, the site of Friday’s shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens of others, gun sales jumped in the three days that followed. The state approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — 25 per cent more than the average Friday to Sunday period in 2012 and 43 per cent more than the same interval the week prior.

Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den in suburban Arvada, Colorado, said requests for concealed-weapon training certification “are off the hook”. His four-hour course in gun safety, required for certification for a concealed-weapons permit in Colorado, has drawn double the interest since Friday.

“What they’re saying is: They want to have a chance. They want to have the ability to protect themselves and their families if they are in a situation like what happened in the movie theatre,” Rutan said.

Day-to-day gun sales frequently fluctuate, but the numbers also look strong outside of Colorado, too.


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