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Mass shootings prompt surge in firearms sales, CCW permits

Published: Aug. 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The recent shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater has led to a surge in gun and ammunition sales. And in the ArkLaTex, more people are taking classes for a concealed weapons permit.

KSLA New 12's Sasha Jones stopped by a concealed weapons training session Sunday and found the class filled to capacity with gun owners. Packed classes have been the trend for gun owners seeking to gain permits ever since the mass shooting an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20.

Some class participants told KSLA News 12 that carrying a concealed weapon will make them fee safer, a sentiment that class instructors say they are seeing more frequently.

"After the Colorado shooting, our CCW classes did pick up remarkably. I believe it's just an underlying fear that's causing it," one ArkLaTex gun owner says.

A concealed weapons permit allows a gun owner to carry a handgun without it being in plain view.

Following an historic patter after a mass shooting, gun sales are up across the country.

In the wake of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. That same spike in gun sales was seen after the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado back in 1999. and gun sales spiked again after the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona early last year that killed six people and badly wounded then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

According to a recent report by the Christian Science Monitor, self-protection is part of the reason. But a bigger factor, say gun dealers, is fear of more gun control legislation that would limit their right to own firearms and ammunition.

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