Gun Sales Spike in Aftermath of Aurora Movie Theater Attack


On July 20, authorities say, suspected gunman James Holmes walked into a packed screening of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. and opened fire, killing 12 moviegoers and injuring dozens of others. The following morning, Jake Meyers arrived at his gun store in nearby Parker, Colo. to find more than a dozen people lined up waiting for it to open.

In response to the mass shootings of recent weeks, gun stores are seeing a spike in gun customers–many of whom are first-time gun-owners and women.

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“A lot of it is people saying, ‘I didn’t think I needed a gun, but now I do,’” Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo, told the Denver Post. “When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing — ‘Hey, I go to the movies.’”

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