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Gun sales increase in Colorado

July 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM   |   Comments

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DENVER, July 24 (UPI) -- The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said the number of people looking to purchase firearms has increased by 43 percent during the weekend.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported approval of 2,887 background checks of people who want to buy guns from Friday to Sunday, a 43 percent increase from the Friday to Sunday period the week before, The Denver Post reported.

Some believe the increase in gun sales is connected to the shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater leading to 12 deaths and 58 casualties.

"A lot of it is people saying, 'I didn't think I needed a gun, but now I do,'" said Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, Colo. "When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing -- 'Hey, I go to the movies.'"

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