Aurora shooting spikes Colorado gun sales, sign of new gun laws?

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Randy Hodges holds a firearm at the Gun Vault in High Point N.C. (AP /The Enterprise, Sonny Hedgecock)

Firearm sales spiked in the three days that followed the Aurora theater shooting. Some are concerned lawmakers will see the recent shooting as evidence for stricter gun law regulations.

“It’s not uncommon for us to see spikes in requests for concealed pistol licenses when there’s a significant gun-related tragedy,” said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County sheriff’s office in Washington state, in an article from the Associated Press, posted on Fox10 Arizona.


According to the article, Colorado approved 2,887 background checks from Friday to Sunday for people pursuing a firearm license, a number 43 percent higher than the previous week and 25 percent higher than the average Friday to Sunday timeframe.

While the Aurora shooting has some Democratic legislators pressing for stricter gun laws, according to Associated Press, others see this as an exploitive way to bring up a political platform.

“Now is the time for families to grieve and for the community to heal. It’s not an appropriate time to have political or policy discussions,” NRA Representative Andrew Arulanandam told Reuters reporter Edith Honan telephone interview.