Gun Sales Surge in Arizona Following Tucson's Mass Shooting

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Gun sales in Arizona are surging in the aftermath of Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson.

The Bloomberg news site is reporting that one-day gun sales in Arizona jumped 60 percent yesterday over the same day last year, and that Glocks like the one used by maniac Jared Loughner are in high demand.

None of that should be surprising. A high-profile story about a bullet-spraying maniac, plus talk about gun-control legislation, makes Arizonans think about more, not fewer, guns.

But it's not just Arizonans -- people from California to New York are sweeping up Glocks and other handguns.

 

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Here's an excerpt from the Bloomberg report:

 

"Whenever there is a huge event, especially when it's close to home, people do tend to run out and buy something to protect their family," said Don Gallardo, a manager at Arizona Shooter's World in Phoenix, who said that the number of people signing up for the store's concealed weapons class doubled over the weekend. Gallardo said he expects handgun sales to climb steadily throughout the week.

 

In other words, the horrendous news about 20 people being shot by a young nutcase with an overly loaded Glock could also be considered . . . advertising.


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Somewhere, Over The Crossbow
Somewhere, Over The Crossbow

Jews, beaners, niggers, gooks, faggots, Democrats, Republicans, Pee Partiers, and now... crazy people. Goddamn it, I'm running out of amunition.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

'Yay', that means that once again prices will skyrocket... Jesus, I finally saw stuff get affordable again after the whole 'Obama's coming to take yer guns away' bullshit, and now prices will once again rise. You people annoy the Hell out of me. Stop killing the market. The only people you're helping is the gun dealers, they love this panicky shit.

botanybay
botanybay

Others will run to U-Haul (another gloriously f'd-up company).

aclue
aclue

I have yet to hear one comment on how if somebody else in that store nearby had been carrying a weapon perhaps there might have been fewer people dead and fewer shot.

Rob
Rob

This is kind of scary here in Arizona.

A person buying a gun here needs to fill out the standard forms and provide valid ID to the dealer (new guns from a dealer, private sales are not included). Once the dealer verifies the information on the form and collects the ID they then call the Arizona Firearms Clearance Center who runs them through an Arizona clearance and a National System. AFCC will then issue either an Proceed, Deny or Delay. The first two are exactly what they mean; if Proceed you get the gun then and there. If Denied, no sale and the buyer will need to follow up as to why the denial on their own. However, if Delayed, and if the dealer does not hear back from AFCC after 3 days they can legally sell the gun to the purchaser.

From my experiences, most stores tend to add a few days to that period, but if no response the end result is the same. However, it would be perfectly legal for a dealer to sell the gun under a delay after 3 days.

The concern comes out of the AFCC already being backlogged. This can completely overwhelm them and it can leave the door open to people who may end up being denied actually, legally, purchasing a gun.

Nweng
Nweng

Ray,

One point you should take note from the article is "...who said that the number of people signing up for the store's concealed weapons class doubled over the weekend." In a state that no longer requires neither training nor permit for concealed carry, I see this as something good. The course isn't designed to teach you how to carry or how to shoot for that matter; but, the laws regarding carrying and the use of deadly force.

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Even talk of prohibitionist legislation begets results opposite of what's intended. Somebody call the Freakenomics people. There is a story here.

AZGregory
AZGregory

One of the guys who tackled Loughner was armed. He did not have time to pull out a weapon and shoot. He only had time to tackle. With a weapon like this, it probably took aroiund 10-15 seconds to fire off 30 shots. It is pure bunk to suggest that a higher level of gun possession would have made one iota of difference in this situation or prevent or minimize other similar incidents. On the other hand, having more guns in the hands of more people is highly likely to lead to angry, accidental or unwarranted shootings.

botanybay
botanybay

I'll bet that plenty of people standing there DID have weapons on their person (this is AZ). But there's no way any of them could have reacted fast enough to stop him any better than a good "tackle" ultimately did.

More weapons will only lead to more "a few drinks and a bad day" situations. It only gets worse from here, but few people listen to the voice of reason after events like this.

Leave the gun at home and just stay alert.

botanybay
botanybay

Get me outta here (AZ). These people are all inbred-jed insane. This musta been where the wagon traincbroke down.

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