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Gun Sales Soaring in Colorado Since Theater Shooting

Common Dreams staff

Gun sales are set to spike in Colorado in the wake of the theater shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 others, the Denver Post reports.


The Denver Post reports that the "Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — a 43 percent increase over the previous Friday through Sunday and a 39 percent jump over those same days on the first weekend of July."

The Denver Post also quotes Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, Colo, who saw at least 15 people waiting outside his store just hours after the shooting and said Monday was "probably the busiest Monday all year."

Spikes in gun sales weren't limited to Colorado. "Over the weekend we saw a pretty large increase in gun sales.  And we're only open half a day on Saturday," said Mel Carruth of Top Dollar Pawn in Durant, Okla. (See video below.)

The spikes mirror the wakes of other shooting tragedies as well, with background checks dramatically increasing in Arizona after the shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and in Virginia following the Virginia Tech shootings.

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