Gun Sales Climb Sharply After Arizona Shootings

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Reports from across the country indicate that gun sales have jumped in the wake of the Arizona shooting that killed six and critically wounded a Congressional representative, an incident that has prompted calls from a prominent California politician to restrict gun ownership.

Josh Deaser, the owner of Sacramento County gun store Just Guns, says Mondays tend to be slow sales days, but customers packed his business on January 10, just two days after the deadly shooting.

“We’ve had a large amount of people coming in,” Deaser said.

In Arizona, gun sales jumped 60 percent Monday compared to the same day last year, and in Ohio, sales were up a whopping 65 percent. California saw a 16 percent overall increase.

Gun rights advocates say recent statements from politicians, urging stricter gun control, have people scared of new restrictions and stocking up.

“There is a fear because there’s this backlash that’s going to come out of it,” Deaser said.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) said Tuesday she was planning to push for federal restrictions to tighten gun laws in a number of ways, including concealed carry laws and the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips like the one linked to Saturday’s shooting.

UC Davis law professor Floyd Feeney said new regulations may be introduced by lawmakers but likely will have little lasting impact.

“The courts have made it easier for people to carry guns and legislatures have responded to that,” Feeney said.

A CBS News poll shows support for gun control is up following the Arizona shooting, but more Americans doubt stricter laws would have prevented the incident.

  • hopeless

    Great work nutjob shooter in AZ. Know there are going to be all kinds of knee jerk reactions to your rampage. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Too bad the idiot didn’t get his panties in a bunch and self emplode.

    • Bob

      And the most significant kneejerk reaction is detailed in the body of this article. Obama gets gets elected => OMG! Buy more guns b4 they’re taken away! >> Yet nothing happens. NRA sends out an email saying they’re going to limit ammo purchases to 9 rounds per month => OMG! Buy more ammo! => Ammo prices shoot thru the roof >> Yet nothing happens. See a pattern?

  • mydaddy

    Right to bear arms in Arizona, nothing like a bunch of drunks at a bar armed.

  • dudupaper

    BOXER, is she really that stupid? no matter what gun or guns u ban, the bad guys will always find a way to get guns(most likely unregistered high powered, high capacity fully automatic guns). which means, law abiding citizens are sitting ducks.

    • L84dnnr

      to answer your question, YES.
      actually, politicians view criminals as a productive component of society.
      armed citizens would interfere with their ability rob and steal from us.
      rendering them unproductive or interfering with their ability to make living.

      • Bob

        Actually statistics show that most guns used in crimes are actually legally owned by the perp or a close relative/friend. An additional significant number are stolen from legal owners and dealers. And yet even more are illegally sold by dealers. Do you see how the “legal” gun market and gun consumers are primarily responsible for putting guns in the hands of criminals?

  • Not a Sheep

    Yet another Massacre in a Gun Free Zone. Not one person there, chose to own a personal weapon to challenge the criminal shooter. Where was the sheriff btw? Atleast one officer should attends public events like basketball games, so why not this? Making stricter gun laws to prevent criminal shootings is like cracking down on drunk drivers by making it tougher for sober people to buy cars.

    • Bob

      You refute one of the more popular justifications for gun ownership: that of an individual having the right to defend himself and the provocative related argument that gun-toting law-abiding citizens would actually be able to deter/prevent/mitigate criminals actions by being armed. You see Arizona is more properly termed a “Free Gun Zone” because their restrictions are some of the more lax in the country. So by that argument there should have been more armed citizens there to stop Loughner. Yet oddly enough the only thing the relaxed gun laws did was allow a mentally unbalanced young man to shoot a bunch of people.

      • thomaspayne

        Umm, Arizona does have some of the most lax gun laws in the country, yes. The problem with your argument about there should have been more people there that were armed makes no sense, as the event was for a DEMOCRAT official. Who is consistently arguing for more strict gun laws? OMG, DEMOCRATS! So guess why there weren’t a bunch of people there that were armed? Because they were all lefties that are sure that the best way to prevent crazy people from committing mass murder is to talk to them about their problems and figure out which parents fault it is that the guy feels so much anger.

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  • Freethinker

    And yet nobody has mentioned that Rep. Giffords carries a concealed handgun and is a SUPPORTER of gun rights. Whether or not the moron who did the shootings had a 33 round MAGAZINE (not clip) or a 15 round magazine would have mattered little…he STILL would have done what he did. I find it absurd to think that passing new laws will prevent this from happening again. After all, there are laws on the books that make it illegal to assassinate a Member of Congress, not to mention aggravated assault with a deadly weapon…wow, those laws really stopped this nutjob huh? Even if he wouldn’t have had access to a firearm, he still would have carried out his delusional plans. These moron politicians can’t seem to understand that criminals by definition DO NOT OBEY THE LAW. Wow…let’s pass more laws so the criminals have more to ignore…makes sense. Gimme a break.

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